OrthoTexas, Frisco is a leading group of spine surgeons specializing in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of various orthopedic conditions. They have extensive experience in using minimally invasive techniques to perform Spinal Fusion Surgery.

Spinal Fusion Surgery

Spinal Fusion is a surgical procedure performed to join two or more vertebrae in the spine to eliminate movement between them. It aims at combining the tender vertebrae so that they heal into a single and strong bone. The bones are not joined immediately after the surgery. Rather, the spine surgeon uses bone grafts which make take a few weeks or even months to join the vertebrae together.

Who Is A Candidate For Spinal Fusion Surgery?

Spinal Fusion may be recommended to treat the following orthopedic conditions:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Vertebral injuries or fractures
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Herniated Disc
  • Osteoarthritis Of The Spine
  • Scoliosis, Kyphosis or abnormal spine curvature
  • Spinal weakness or instability caused due to an infection/ tumor

Spinal Fusion Surgery: The Procedure

Spinal Fusion Surgery is usually performed under the effect of a general anesthesia. The procedure involves three main steps:

  • Incision: Depending upon the location of the vertebrae to be fused and the purpose of the procedure, the spine surgeon may make a small incision in the patient’s back. This may be directly above the spine, on either side of the spinal column or in the abdomen. The surgeon, then, moves the muscles and nerves apart to access the spine.
  • Bone Graft Selection: A bone graft is inserted to fill up the space between the two vertebrae. It can be taken from another part of the patient’s body, usually the pelvic bone, or a bone bank.
  • Fusion: The spine surgeon may insert the bone graft material between the spinal vertebrae and hold them together with the help of internal fixation devices, such as metal plates, screws or rods.

Recovery From Spinal Fusion Surgery

The spinal vertebrae may take several months to be completely fused together. The surgeon may advise the patient to wear a brace or sling to maintain the normal alignment of the spine. Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to relieve post-operative pain. The spine surgeon may also recommend the patient to undergo rehabilitation programs to strengthen the back and maintain an optimal posture to keep the spine in an optimal position.

For more information about the benefits of Spinal Fusion Surgery, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.