HG - Spinal Fusion - Primary
Nearly everyone will experience back pain at some point in his or her lifetime. In many cases, that pain can be resolved through basic, at-home care or with nonsurgical treatment options.
But in some cases, pain may be severe, or it may linger or have a debilitating effect on a person’s mobility or quality of life. In those situations, spinal fusion may be an option.
Spinal fusion is often an option for patients who have:
- Degenerative disk disease
- Scoliosis or kyphosis
- Spinal infections
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal tumors
- Vertebral fracture
During a back-fusion surgery, two vertebrae in the neck or back are joined together — or “fused.” This stops movement between the vertebrae, which is often a source of pain and discomfort.
If your back pain is accompanied by leg or arm pain, your spinal fusion procedure may also involve a laminectomy, a procedure that removes bone and diseased tissue that may be putting pressure on your nerves and causing discomfort.