Fusion Articles

Spinal Fusion Procedure Information
A spinal fusion procedure might be recommended for you if you’ve been diagnosed with a degenerative spine condition and you already have attempted more conservative treatment measures. A spinal fusion is often seriously considered if one of your spinal discs is damaged to the point that it can no longer...

When the Fusion of Vertebrae Becomes Necessary
Spinal fusion treatment can be an excellent option for patients who have debilitating spinal conditions that range from degenerative disc disease to scoliosis. With that in mind, surgical fusion treatment is generally pursued only in the cases of patients who have found little to no relief after attempting...

Treating Lumbar Spinal Stenosis With Vertebral Fusion
Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal canal, is most common in the lumbar (lower back) region. This is because the lower back bears much of the weight of the upper body. As you age, the normal stress placed on the lumbar spine from daily activities — yard work, sitting hunched over your desk,...

Lumbar Fusion Recovery
For patients who have suffered through chronic lower back pain for several months or years, having patience through the recovery period for a lumbar fusion surgery can be one of the most difficult tasks. Many of our patients at Laser Spine Institute come into our surgery center limping or barely walking...

Lumbar Fusion
Lumbar fusion is a surgical procedure designed to alleviate lower back pain through the stabilization of two or more vertebral segments. The lumbar region of the spine, particularly the L4-L5 level, is the most common location of spinal conditions – including herniated discs, bulging discs and spinal...

Overview of Traditional Laminectomy and Spinal Fusion
If you have been diagnosed with a degenerative condition such as spinal stenosis and you have not found lasting relief from conservative treatments, you may be recommended to undergo spinal surgery to treat your condition. One type of traditional open back surgery for spinal stenosis is called a laminectomy...

Alternatives to Treating Herniated Discs With Fusion Surgery
Being diagnosed with a herniated disc can be both confusing and alarming. Maybe you aren’t sure what your next step for treatment should be and you want to avoid spine surgery at all costs. Maybe you are still a little unsure about what your diagnosis means and you have some questions about your condition...

Understanding the Risks of Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
It can be difficult to live with a herniated disc — a spine condition that can cause debilitating neck or back pain. Herniated disc surgery with spinal fusion is a technique used to relieve the painful symptoms associated with a nerve that’s being compressed by a disc herniation. You may experience...

When to Consider Fusion to Treat Disc Herniation
Disc herniation can be an extremely difficult condition to live with, affecting your family, work and leisure activities negatively. In exploring treatment options you may be wondering if surgery, such as an open spine fusion procedure, is going to be necessary to help you return to an acceptable quality...

What to Consider Before Undergoing Degenerative Disc Disease Fusion
Patients who experience symptoms associated with degenerative disc disease have a lot to think about as they consider traditional open spinal fusion. Symptoms that develop from nerve compression can include pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. However, it’s important not to allow chronic pain...

Potential Complications During Cervical Spinal Stenosis Fusion
If you have been diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis — the narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck — and you are searching for treatment options to reduce your pain, you should know that about 90 percent of patients who have cervical spinal stenosis can manage their symptoms through conservative...

Recuperating After Bulging Disc Fusion Surgery
Many patients have questions about the recovery time after fusion surgery to treat a bulging disc. Unfortunately, there is no short answer for how long recovery will take because recovery time is directly dependent of the type of fusion surgery a patient receives. There are two types of fusion surgery...

Conservative Treatments as an Alternative to Fusion for a Herniated Disc
For patients who have a herniated disc, fusion surgery may be presented as an option in severe cases where this condition is causing nerve compression and spinal instability. However any type of spine surgery, including spinal fusion, should be seen as a treatment of last resort. In fact, for a large...

Lumbar Disc Herniation — Do I Need a Fusion Surgery?
If you have a herniated disc in the lumbar (lower) spine and conservative treatments have proven ineffective, you and your doctor may have started to explore surgery. A type of procedure that is often recommended to treat lumbar disc herniation is open spine fusion surgery. This is traditionally performed...

What to Expect after Lumbar Disc Fusion Surgery
As with any major surgery, the recovery period following lumbar disc fusion surgery can be challenging. When performed as a traditional open spine procedure, lumbar fusion is a massively intrusive spine operation that requires a large incision. While the ultimate goal of this surgery is to permanently...

Lumbar Nerve Decompression and Fusion Surgery
Patients who are suffering from chronic debilitating lower back pain may be recommended to undergo a lumbar nerve decompression and fusion surgery to relieve pain and symptoms. The purpose of this type of procedure is to relieve pressure on the nerve in the lower back that is causing the pain and symptoms,...

Spinal Fusion as an Option for Chronic Neck Pain
While spine surgery is usually used to treat chronic pain, after you undergo a traditional open neck fusion you may experience some continued pain and soreness in the neck and radial areas, such as the shoulder or arm. The process during an open neck fusion is highly invasive and your body is going to...

Can a Fusion Procedure Relieve Chronic Back Pain?
If you have chronic back pain, you may have considered traditional open spine fusion surgery as a potential treatment option. Before you consent to invasive open spine surgery, however, it is important that you understand the risks and downsides associated with the procedure. The decision to undergo...

Alleviating Cervical Spine Pain Without Fusion Surgery
In years past, if you were experiencing persistent cervical spine pain, fusion was your last good option after more conservative treatments had failed. Yet, because traditional open spine fusion is a major operation with serious potential drawbacks, far too many people were put in the unenviable position...

Back Surgery Recovery After Spine Fusion
Back surgery recovery after spinal fusion can be a long process, depending on the type of procedure performed. Traditional open spinal fusion is a highly invasive operation that often involves the cutting and detaching of the large muscles around the spine. Because these muscles play an important role...

Back Pain after Spine Fusion
Back pain after spine fusion surgery is an all-too-common reality for many people. While some mild instances of back pain after surgery can be expected, it is important to know the difference between normal postoperative back pain and back pain that may signal a problem. After back surgery, you may...

Back Pain Relief without Fusion
In years past, if a person experienced debilitating back pain from a spine condition like a herniated disc, a traditional open spinal fusion would often be the only hope for relief if conservative treatment failed. During this highly invasive procedure, a surgeon would remove the problematic disc and...

Lumbar Herniated Disc Fusion
A herniated disc in the lumbar spine (lower back) can be extremely painful and can prevent you from participating in the activities you enjoy. Simple tasks such as walking and cleaning are now too painful to perform. If you have been suffering with this pain for several months and you have not found...

Understanding Lumbar Back Surgery and Spinal Fusion
A fairly common type of lumbar back surgery is spinal fusion. This procedure seeks to join two or more vertebrae in the lower back through the osteoblastic, or bone growth, process. Spinal fusion is an attempt to restabilize a weakened or injured spine. Fusion utilizes bone grafts to limit the mobility...

A Herniated Cervical Disc Does Not Always Require Fusion
Although the pain, tingling, numbness and weakness that can accompany a herniated cervical disc can diminish your quality of life, there are many effective treatment options. If you have been recommended for a spinal fusion to treat your symptoms, you should be aware of that there are alternatives to...

What Is Fusion of the Spine?
Spinal fusion procedures are generally recommended for conditions affecting the spine that are causing severe spinal instability and symptoms that are not responding to conservative treatments. Before consenting to undergo any type of spine surgery, it is important to be confident about your decision....

Failed Lumbar Fusion
Failed lumbar fusion is a relatively common occurrence for patients who choose a traditional open back fusion. This type of spine surgery requires a highly invasive, large incision in the lower back, tearing through the supporting muscles next to the spine. These muscles help support the weight of...

Fusion Procedures to Treat a Cervical Spine Injury
Patients dealing with a cervical spine injury may be recommended to undergo fusion surgery if conservative treatments are unable to relieve symptoms enough to comfortably engage in normal activities. If you have chronic neck pain due to trauma, overuse, a degenerative condition or other causes, you should...

Cervical Spine Fusion
A cervical spine fusion is an operation that focuses on the seven vertebrae in the neck and upper back. Each of these vertebrae (except for the first two) is separated by a spongy intervertebral disc that absorbs shock, connects vertebral bodies and provides flexibility to the spine. However, over time,...

Anterior Spinal Fusion
Anterior spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that accesses the spine through an incision in the front of the body (usually on one side of the abdomen) and uses bone grafts and implants to stabilize a weakened spine by fusing two or more vertebrae together. Ideally, this traditional open spine surgery...

Minimally Invasive Alternatives to Anterior Posterior Lumbar Fusion
If you are experiencing severe symptoms related to a degenerative spine condition, such as a herniated disc, that have not responded to conservative treatments, your doctor may have recommended a traditional open spine surgery called anterior posterior lumbar fusion. Patients exploring spine surgery...

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is a traditional open spine surgery aimed at removing the source of neural compression in the spine and immobilizing a section of the back so that pain triggered by movement (mechanical pain) is eliminated. The process might be clearer if we break down its parts....

What is Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion?
Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) is a form of traditional open spinal fusion used to treat degenerative spine conditions in the lower back. Living with the pain of a lumbar spine condition can be detrimental to your quality of life. As time continues and your condition worsens, you may find...

For Chronic Lower Back Pain, Fusion Is Not the Only Option
There are several common surgeries for chronic lower back pain caused by a degenerative spine condition. Fusion of the vertebrae is commonly recommended for more severe cases that require the removal of large amounts of tissue that would destabilize the spine. But when a fusion is performed as a traditional...

Should I Undergo a Thoracic Discectomy and Fusion Surgery?
If you have been diagnosed with a severe spine condition that has damaged a disc in your back, you may be recommended to undergo a thoracic discectomy and fusion surgery. A thoracic discectomy is simply the removal of a disc (disc-ectomy) in the thoracic spine, which is located in the middle back area...

Spinal Disc Surgery — Fusion Facts
If your life is being disrupted by chronic neck or back pain and a full course of conservative treatment has not brought relief, surgery is usually the next consideration. When you have severe disc issues, procedures involving disc removal and the fusing together of vertebrae are sometimes required....

Cervical Discectomy and Fusion — Overview
If you’ve been experiencing neck pain for several months and the treatment program prescribed by your physician has not brought the improvement you need, he or she may recommend surgery. One procedure that can be recommended for conditions like a bulging or herniated disc is a cervical discectomy and...

Cervical Disc Herniation and Fusion Surgery
You’ve had chronic neck pain for months. Your doctor has prescribed a conservative treatment plan including pain medication, specialized exercises, and the use of warm and cold compresses. Maybe you’ve even gone to see a chiropractor or undergone acupuncture, but no matter what you’ve tried, your...

When Cervical Vertebrae Develop Bone Spurs, Fusion Surgery Is Not the Only Option
Patients suffering with chronic pain understand how pain can impact quality of life in areas such as work and daily activities. If you have been diagnosed with a spine condition, such as painful bone spurs, you might be searching for alternative treatment options to traditional open back fusion. You...

What Is Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Surgery?
Living with a severe issue in the cervical spine (neck) is a painful and debilitating experience for patients. If you and your doctor have exhausted all conservative treatments, the next step in finding relief may be recommendation for a fusion surgery. One type of procedure is an open neck discectomy...

What to Expect for Recovery after Spinal Fusion Surgery
Patients who are preparing to undergo a spinal fusion might have some hesitation and concerns about the recovery period. For any type of surgery, you can expect some sort of recovery time to allow your body to heal before you can begin getting back to your daily activities. The type of spinal fusion...

What Can I Expect After Lumbar Fusion Surgery?
Lumbar fusion is a surgical procedure that can treat the most common spine conditions in the lower back by replacing one or more damaged discs with bone grafts and implants. The traditional open spine procedure aims to reduce chronic pain resulting from nerve compression in a couple of ways: (1) by...

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