What can I do to avoid problems healing after iFuse surgery?

Your doctor may provide you with post-operative instructions. In general, you should avoid strenuous activities in the first six weeks and follow your surgeon’s post-operative weight bearing and activity instructions. Avoid smoking, which is thought to impair bone fusion.

Discuss your current medications with your surgeon; some medications may impair bone growth (for example: steroids). If you have osteoporosis, ask your doctor what osteoporosis medications might be best for your bone health.

[References: (Fusion versus nonoperative management for chronic low back pain: do comorbid diseases or general health factors affect outcome?)

(Dose-dependent inhibition of diclofenac sodium on posterior lumbar interbody fusion rates)]