The following describes spinal fusion. For specific information regarding your health and treatment options, please contact your Hurley physician or medical professional.
What is spinal fusion?
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure in which a small piece of bone is placed against the front and/or back of the spine. The new piece of bone and the existing vertebrae then grow together and harden, or “fuse.” The effect of this is to minimize the motion in a painful spinal joint or sections of the spine.
When is spinal fusion performed?
The goal of spinal fusion is to reduce or eliminate pain associated with degenerative disc disease, spinal fractures and other conditions. In many cases, this treatment offers a faster recovery and return to normal, active lifestyles than other options. However, as with all surgical procedures, there is the possibility of side effects or complications. Your Hurley orthopedic surgeon will consult with you to determine the appropriate treatment choices for your particular condition and situation.