Lumbar back surgery and spinal fusion overview

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 bone growth process. Spinal fusion is an attempt to restabilize a weakened or injured spine. Fusion utilizes bone grafts to limit the mobility of a section of the lower back and eliminate neural compression. To learn about the types of lumbar spine conditions and alternatives to traditional lumbar back surgery and spinal fusion, read the following article.

Lumbar spine conditions

There are a variety of problems that can affect the lumbar spine, including:

  • Degenerative conditions. Facet disease and degenerative disc disease can both cause the cartilaginous portions of the spine (facet joints and spinal discs) to deteriorate, leading to bone spurs, herniated discs, bulging discs or spondylolisthesis.
  • Traumatic injury. Fractured vertebrae can occur as a result of any traumatic accident, though mild muscle strains and ligament sprains from overexertion or improper lifting are most common.
  • Spinal abnormalities. This may include abnormal curvature of the spine due to scoliosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoporosis.

When considering any type of spine operation, such as fusion of the spine, it is important to keep in mind that ailments of the neck and back are as varied as the people who deal with them. And, while spinal fusion may be helpful for a fracture or curvature of the spine, it may not be necessary for something as common as a herniated disc. For degenerative conditions, always attempt a course of nonoperative treatment first.

Alternatives to traditional lumbar back surgery and spinal fusion

Granted, there is certainly a percentage of patients who will not find effective relief from conservative treatments like physical therapy and pain medications. For these patients, there is Laser Spine Institute. The minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute may be able to help you find relief from back pain. Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn how minimally invasive technology can do the same for you, without the risks and lengthy recovery periods of traditional open spine surgeries.^

Since 2005, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Our procedures provide a safer and effective alternative to traditional open lumbar back surgery and spinal fusion.^ By using a small incision and muscle-sparing techniques, our highly skilled surgeons are able to treat your condition and get you back to the activities you have been missing out on. To find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, reach out to our dedicated team and ask for a free MRI review.*