Spinal fusion is often recommended to relieve the symptoms of painful back conditions brought about by degenerative disk disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, fracture, infection, and tumor. What this procedure does is that it totally removes the motion between the vertebrae as well as preventing the stretching of nerves, ligaments, and muscles thus reducing the pain. Although this particular procedure reduces the flexibility of the spine, it does not limit the motion very much as it involves a small segment of the spine.
Types of Spine Fusion Surgery
There are several types of spine fusion surgery in Orange County and it is important to take note that most of these procedures use a bone graft to help promote the fusion. The different procedures vary based on the site where the procedure is made. Below are the methods of spine fusion surgery:
- Posterolateral gutter fusion: this procedure is done in the back.
- Posterior lumbar interbody fusion: this procedure is done in the back and includes the removal of the disc between vertebrae and inserting a bone in the space created.
- Anterior lumbar interbody fusion: this procedure is done from the front and includes the removal of the disc between vertebrae and inserting a bone in the space created.
- Anterior/posterior spinal fusion: a procedure done from the front and back.
- Extreme lateral interbody fusion: an interbody fusion where the approach is performed from the side.
Post Procedure Care
After the surgical procedure, the patient will definitely feel some pain as a vital part of the healing process. Medications are often prescribed by doctors to manage the pain until the patient recovers. But aside from medication, it is important for the patient to undergo rehabilitation so that they can be taught how to move properly and do their daily task. Further, patients will need to wear a brace to help the fusion and healing process of the vertebrae.
Spine fusion surgery is an excellent solution especially if you are suffering from chronic back pain. This minimally invasive procedure is completely safe and you can rely on the experts at The Robotic Spine Institute to help you regain your mobility.
To learn if you are a good candidate for this procedure please contact The Robotic Spine Institute to consult with one of our highly experienced and reputable spine surgeons in Orange County at (714) 690-2037 or visit www.TheRoboticSpineInstitute.com for further information.