Spinal Glossary: G

  • graft: Surgery to place new bone or bone substitutes into spaces around broken bone or bones with defects. When used in reference to the spine, it means bone particulate placed during a fusion procedure.
  • general anesthesia: Used during surgery when the patient needs to be rendered unconscious and incapacitated. A variety of different medications and dosages might be required to successfully place the patient in this protective state.