Why is lumbar fusion at L4-L5 so common?

Many patients with degenerative spine conditions develop these conditions in the lumbar spine (lower back) around the L4-L5 vertebrae. The L4-L5 vertebrae are often the location for degenerative spine conditions because the lumbar spine is responsible for supporting the majority of the body’s weight. Over time, as weight gain occurs, the vertebrae are compressed and the spine slowly begins to deteriorate, allowing for the development of several degenerative spine conditions, such as spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, arthritis of the spine and herniated disc.

While some patients may find relief for their degenerative spine condition through conservative, non-surgical treatment options, other patients may need to undergo a L4-L5 fusion to find treatment for their condition.

If you have been diagnosed with a spine condition in the L4-L5 vertebrae and you have been recommended to undergo spine surgery, you should heavily research the types of surgery available to you and the risks and benefits involved in all options. If you have any questions or concerns during your research, we encourage you to call the Care Team at Laser Spine Institute. We are here to help you find answers so you can make an informed decision about your spine care needs.

Compression of the lumbar spine

As previously mentioned, the lumbar spine is located in the lower back and is responsible for supporting and stabilizing the majority of the body’s weight. Over time, as the body gains weight and repeats the same movements, the vertebrae in the lumbar spine begin to compress under the added pressure and weight gain. When the vertebrae compress, they push down on the joints and discs in the spine, causing them to slowly deteriorate.

As the discs and joints deteriorate, spine conditions such as bone spurs, spondylolisthesis, bulging disc and herniated disc can occur. These conditions can result in the development of spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spinal canal.

A safer, more effective lumbar fusion

Traditional lumbar fusion is a highly invasive procedure with increased risks and an extended recovery period. The surgery takes place in a hospital and requires several days of monitored recovery in the hospital after surgery, which is both expensive and inconvenient. However, due to the highly invasive nature of the procedure, hospitalization is always required.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery at the L4-L5 vertebrae is used to treat several types of lumbar spine conditions. Our minimally invasive procedures have a patient satisfaction score of 96^, naming Laser Spine Institute the leader in minimally invasive surgery.

The procedure begins with a small incision in the back, about 1-inch in length. Through this small incision, the surgeon will access the spine without disturbing the surrounding muscles and soft tissue. Once the spine is accessed, the surgeon will locate the infected disc or joint that is causing the lumbar pain and will remove it from the spine entirely. After the disc or joint is removed, the surgeon will place an implant in the empty space to offer immediate stabilization for the spine.

For more information about our minimally invasive stabilization or spinal fusion at L4-L5 vertebrae, contact our Care Team. Our goal is to guide you through your journey to wellness with care and compassion.