Conditions treated with spinal arthrodesis

Spinal arthrodesis is a term for the surgical procedure more commonly known as spinal fusion. There are two main goals to this type of procedure: to surgically remove the source of spinal nerve compression and to provide stability to the area. Stability is achieved by fusing a vertebral segment to another through the use of bone graft material.

This type of procedure is generally seen as a last resort treatment, to be attempted only if other therapies have not brought the relief required for a good quality of life. If a spine condition is affecting your life and you are wondering if you will require a procedure like spinal arthrodesis, learning more about the conditions normally treated by this form of surgery, and what it entails, can be helpful.

Conditions treated by spinal arthrodesis

Neck pain, back pain and other symptoms associated with traumatic spine injury or a degenerative spine condition usually can be managed with a course of nonsurgical treatment methods. These methods might include over-the-counter pain medication, exercise, stretching, corticosteroid injections or other nonsurgical methods. However, surgery might become an option if chronic pain remains debilitating after several weeks or months of conservative treatment.

Spinal arthrodesis might become an option for managing symptoms related to:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis

How spinal arthrodesis is performed

Spinal arthrodesis, or fusion, requires the removal of at least a portion of the anatomy responsible for the spinal instability and nerve compression, and the insertion of bone graft material to fuse the vertebral segment. There are many individual spinal arthrodesis procedures a surgeon can perform depending on the specific condition as well as its location and severity, but it is also important to be aware of the overall surgical approach. In addition to traditional open spinal fusions, advances in technology and surgical technique have allowed for the development of minimally invasive spine surgery.

The minimally invasive stabilization procedures at Laser Spine Institute are performed on an outpatient basis, requiring only a small muscle-sparing incision. This allows our patients who undergo this procedure to experience a faster recovery time compared to traditional open neck or back fusion.^

If your doctor or specialist has recommended you for spinal arthrodesis or spine surgery in general, contact our caring and dedicated team today. We are happy to offer a no-cost MRI review* to help you determine if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive stabilization procedures.