WHAT IS SPINAL FUSION SURGERY?
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure done to join two or more bones of the spine together permanently. In case of minimally invasive spinal fusion a smaller cut is made than the traditional spinal fusion surgery. Vertebrae stack on top of each other to make up the spinal column which is separated by intervertebral discs. These bones protect the delicate spinal cord, which sends and receives information from the brain to the rest of the body.
Due to different medical conditions, the vertebrae start to move against each other more than they should resulting in the surrounding nerves stretching the ligaments and muscles leading to pain. Spinal fusion may stop this pain by preventing 1 or more of the vertebrae from moving.
WHY IS SPINAL FUSION SURGERY DONE?
A spinal fusion surgery may be needed for a variety of medical conditions, including:
These conditions may cause significant back pain. Other conservative options may first be evaluated such as pain medicines and physio-therapy. If they don’t work, minimally invasive spinal fusion may be recommended. Spinal fusion is not the solution for all types of back pain. Consult a Doctor for the recommended treatment.
HOW IS SPINAL FUSION SURGERY DONE?
Before the surgery
During the surgery:
Minimally invasive spinal fusion uses a smaller incision than traditional surgery. It also doesn’t cut away the muscles of the spine leading to faster recovery times than traditional surgery.
After the surgery:
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINAL FUSION?
Most people do very well with their minimally invasive spinal fusion. But as with any surgery, the procedure does carry some risks. Possible complications include:
There is also a risk that the surgery will not effectively get rid of the pain, or that the surgery might cause a different type of persistent pain at the graft site.