About Spinal Fusion
Spinal Fusion is a procedure that is used treat back pain by fusing two or more vertebrae together so there is no longer any motion between them, increasing the stability of the spine. It can be performed on the cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae from the front (anterior), the back (posterior) or from the side (lateral).
This type of surgery is used to treat a variety of spinal diseases and disorders such as degenerative disc disease, stenosis, deformities of the spine, fractures, herniated discs and more.
The surgeon will use a bone graft, either your own bone harvested from another location on your body or artificial bone material, to facilitate the fusion. Metal plates and screws are put in place to hold the fusion completely still and in place while it heals.
Recovery after spinal fusion takes time. The bone and the bone graft need ample time to join together into one solid piece. It may be a few months or more until the fusion is healed completely. Rehabilitation is needed to teach you how to move safely, while the fusion is healing and is a very critical step in the recovery process.
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