Lumbar Fusion

Spinal fusion surgery is a procedure that can be performed to relieve back pain symptoms. It is most often used to repair damage caused by degenerative diseases of the spine, such as disc herniation, disc disorder, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and spondylolysis. In order to complete the procedure, surgeons will use bone grafts or bone-stimulating proteins to stimulate the growth of new bone tissue between two vertebrae.

Fusing two vertebrae together is a common surgery that is often used to fix back pain. By fixing two bones in the back, it limits motion between two bones that are causing pain while also creating more stability. As part of a patient’s recovery from spinal surgery, physical therapy is crucial. Because physical therapy can help in the recovery process, it should be included as part of the recovery process.

Is Lumbar Fusion Right For Me?

Why Is Lumbar Fusion Performed?

Spinal fusion is used to relieve chronic pain that interferes with everyday activities. The procedure can be recommended in patients who have failed nonsurgical options, and have years of severe pain despite previous medical treatment.

spondylolisthesis, a condition defined by when one vertebra slips forward over another, resulting in nerve crowding and symptoms such as nerve tingling, pain and numbness;

spinal instability due to arthritis or other degenerative diseases;

spinal deformity, such as curvature or rounding of the spine;

vertebral fractures that result in instability issues.

Spinal fusion is a surgery that is performed to relieve chronic pain. It is used in patients who have no other options for treatment, and who have chronic pain that is not relieved by other conservative approaches. Some patients with chronic and debilitating low back pain may be treated with spinal fusion surgery.

How Are Lumbar Fusions Performed?

Dr. Callewart will select a specific technique to fuse the spine, depending on each patient’s individual needs. He also will consider the location of the spine that is being fused. In order to safely visualize the patient's spine, an incision will be made over the affected area. The incision may be made in the anterior (front of the body) or posterior (back of the body) area. If a posterior approach is taken, the doctor will use a camera to see and treat your spine clearly.

In order to safely visualize the patient's spine, an incision will be made over the affected area. The incision may be made in the anterior (front of the body) or posterior (back of the body) area. If a posterior approach is taken, the doctor will use a camera to see and treat your spine clearly.

Am I A Candidate For Lumbar Fusion?

Patients with chronic back pain that cannot be managed through nonsurgical treatments should be recommended for spinal fusion surgery. Spinal fusion surgery is an effective way to treat a variety of herniated discs or vertebrae conditions, including degenerative disc disease, or lumbar spinal stenosis.

What Is Lumbar Fusion Recovery Like?

Patients with chronic back pain that cannot be managed through nonsurgical treatments should be recommended for spinal fusion surgery. Spinal fusion surgery is an effective way to treat a variety of herniated discs or vertebrae conditions, including degenerative disc disease, or lumbar spinal stenosis.

Strenuous physical activity, such as lifting heavy weights and twisting your body in ways it wasn't meant to twist, is not recommended during the first several weeks after injury. Physical therapy can help aid recovery and prevent future injuries, but for now you should avoid participating in any activities that cause pain or discomfort in the lower back or upper extremities.

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