Spinal fusion is a common surgical procedure used to treat problems related to the vertebrae in the neck and back. It involves joining or “fusing” two or more small bones in the spine so they can heal and become one solid bone. The main goal of the procedure is to stabilize the damaged vertebrae, limit their movements, and bring relief from pain and other symptoms.
Orthopedic specialists usually recommend spinal fusion only when non-surgical methods fail to improve the spinal problem. Some examples of medical conditions that might benefit from a spinal fusion include the following:
These illnesses typically cause debilitating symptoms, such as severe back pain, muscle weakness, and mobility problems.
A spinal fusion is one of the most common options to relieve such symptoms since it eliminates motion between the small bones. The procedure involves two phases: bone grafting and immobilization.
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