Spine fusion procedure for spine fractures
A spinal fracture occurs when one of the bones in the spine fractures due to a decrease in bone mass, often caused by arthritis of the spine or other age-related conditions, as well as high-intensity sports and activities during adolescent years.
For some patients, a spine fracture may result in debilitating pain, limited mobility and sometimes even deformity in the spine. If the symptoms become increasingly worse and cannot be managed by conservative treatment, you should consult your physician about spinal fusion surgery.
While the thought of undergoing spinal fusion is unnerving for many people, it is important to thoroughly research all of your available treatment options before committing to spinal fusion. You may be a candidate for a safer and effective treatment alternative to traditional open back fusion, such as the minimally invasive stabilization surgery at Laser Spine Institute.
Minimally invasive spine stabilization procedure for spine fractures
Lateral lumbar interbody fusion is a minimally invasive spine fusion procedure used by the surgeons at Laser Spine Institute to treat pain and other symptoms, and stabilize the spine after a spinal fracture occurs. This group of patients often includes adults in their 30s who participated in high-intensity or heavy-contact athletics as children or adolescents. Former gymnasts or hockey players are commonly diagnosed with compression fractures known as pars defect, which never fully heal and can cause pain and other symptoms in adulthood. Because of the high-intensity nature of the spinal fracture, this condition often develops in the lumbar spine (lower back).
Removing the underlying cause of symptoms
A spine fusion procedure such as lateral lumbar interbody fusion is designed to remove the underlying cause of chronic pain and other symptoms associated with a spinal fracture or other debilitating conditions. It also stabilizes the surrounding vertebrae affected by the scar tissue, callus or bone overgrowth related to an old compression fracture.
The lateral lumbar interbody fusion at Laser Spine Institute is performed through a small incision in the spine, without the unnecessary muscle disruption used during traditional spinal fusion. Through this small incision, the surgeon will remove the damaged portion of the spine (bone spur, scar tissue, collapsed disc, etc.) responsible for causing nerve compression and symptoms. An artificial disc and/or bone graft will then be inserted into the now-empty space in the spine to provide support and stabilization.
When to seek lateral lumbar interbody fusion for a spinal fracture
Laser Spine Institute is not an emergency treatment facility, so people who have sudden, debilitating pain related to a recent compression fracture should seek help as soon as possible at a hospital emergency room.
However, if you are a patient who is experiencing the long-term effects of an old spine fracture and you have not found significant symptom relief using conservative treatments, contact Laser Spine Institute to determine whether you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive stabilization procedure.