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Spinal Fusion is a surgical procedure to fuse two or more bones of the spinal vertebrae using either the bone tissue of the patient or artificial bone graft or screws/plates, so as to mimic natural healing process of broken bones. This eliminates motion between the affected vertebrae resulting in reduction of pain and prevention of stretching of surrounding muscles and nerves.
The surgery is most commonly done in the lumbar region of the spine. Cervical spinal fusion is done to stabilize the neck and protect the spinal cord after an injury.
Spinal Fusion increases the pressure on the bones below the fused portion and may result in rapid degeneration of spine.
It is also called spondylodesis or spondylosyndesis.
The surgery is done when movement of the vertebrae causes excruciating pain. The causes may be any of the following:
The surgeon will suggest the following:
Spinal Fusion is an orthopedic surgery done under general anesthesia and can last up to 4 hours. The technique used will depend on location of the vertebrae that need to be fused.
During the procedure,
Generally, the patient has to stay in the hospital for 3 to 5 days. Complete fusion, similar to natural healing, takes a few months.
After discharge, the surgeon will recommend