Spinal Fusion

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What Is Spinal Fusion?

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure aimed at stabilizing and fusing two or more vertebrae in the spine. This is often done to alleviate pain and address issues such as degenerative disc disease or spinal instability. The procedure involves the use of bone grafts and, in some cases, hardware to promote fusion and enhance spinal stability. In many cases, a minimally invasive approach can be used for spinal fusion procedures. A minimally invasive approach involves a smaller incision than traditional spine surgery, which can help expedite recovery time.

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When is Spinal Fusion Needed As A Treatment?

Spinal fusion becomes a consideration when conservative treatments fail to address spinal conditions and symptoms adequately. Common scenarios where spinal fusion may be recommended include:

Degenerative Disc Disease: When discs between vertebrae degenerate, causing pain and instability.

Spondylolisthesis: Forward slippage of one vertebra over another, leading to spinal misalignment.

Spinal Stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal, exerting pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.

Traumatic Injuries: Severe fractures or spinal injuries that compromise stability.

Tumors: Spinal tumors may require fusion as part of tumor removal surgery.

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Recovery & Rehabilitation Timeline To Heal

The recovery and rehabilitation timeline for spinal fusion can vary. Here’s a general outline:

Initial Recovery (1-2 weeks): Focus on pain management and avoiding strenuous activities.

Intermediate Phase (2-4 weeks): Gradual introduction of light activities and mobility exercises.

Long-Term Rehabilitation (2-4 months): Comprehensive rehabilitation, including physical therapy, to enhance strength and flexibility.