LUMBAR SPINAL FUSION
Spinal fusion is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which two or more vertebrae in the spine are fused to reduce motion between the vertebrae that are eliciting pain. Spinal fusion surgery can be used to remedy a deformity or to mend a fracture. In addition, this surgery can be done to treat spinal stenosis, or the narrowing of the spinal column.
At New Era Spine, spinal fusion is performed along with other surgical procedures, like surgery to take out bone or tissue that is applying pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves. It may also be done after surgery to stabilize the spine after a procedure to treat issues like arthritis or a spinal tumor or infection. Spinal fusion spells relief.
CERVICAL SPINAL FUSION
Cervical spinal fusion is performed to fuse vertebrae in the neck and address neck pain and radiating shoulder or arm pain associated with cervical issues. Types of cervical spinal fusion include both bone grafting and the use of metal implants as for lumbar spinal fusion.
Additional types of cervical spinal fusion include:
- The use of metal plates to join vertebrae together
- Removal of an entire vertebrae and the fusion of the remaining vertebrae
- Removal of a spinal disc and fusion of the vertebrae
RECOVERING FROM SPINAL FUSION SURGERY
Often after this type of surgery, doctors recommend a few days’ hospital stay to track your progress. Stay active once you go home, but your spine doctor may recommend a back brace in the case of lumbar spinal fusion or a neck brace in the instance of cervical spinal fusion for added support. Complete recovery is a lengthy experience. While you might feel pain relief soon after surgery, it will take a few months before the fusion reaches its optimum level of strength. Keep your posture straight and learn how to move in a way that supports and empowers your back or neck. Also keep active by swimming, walking or riding a stationary bicycle. A young and robust patient who sits on the job may be able to go back to work in 4 to 6 weeks, while an older patient or a patient with a manual or physical job may take up to 6 months to recover before going back to work.
HOW WELL DOES SPINAL FUSION SURGERY WORK TO RELIEVE BACK PAIN?
Spinal fusion may not alleviate all back pain. If you suffered from chronic back pain before spinal fusion, then lingering back pain may remain. Exercise and weight loss can enhance the results of your spinal fusion surgery. Based on your condition and diagnosis, Dr. Payam Moazzaz can assess expectations for your treatment options. Please schedule your consultation today.