Spinal fusion is a surgery done to permanently join two or more bones permanently in the spine. These bones are called vertebrae. Spinal Fusion is the surgery to join, or fuse, two or more vertebrae in the lower back.
Generally, the bone to be joined is augmented by supplemental bone taken from the pelvic bone or from a bone bank. The augmented bone is used to make a bridge between vertebrae that are next to each other. This bone graft helps new bone grow. Metal or plastic implants are usually used to hold the vertebrae together until new bone grows between them.
During the treatment, bone graft will be used to hold or fuse the bones together permanently.
Vertebrates can be fused by placing strips of bone graft material over the back of the spine or by placing bone graft material between the vertebrae. Rods, screws, plates, or cages are used to hold the bones still until the vertebrae fuse together. These tools are used to keep the vertebrae from moving until the bone grafts become functional after being fully healed.
The fusion process may take several weeks to several months to heal and make the bone solid. During the treatment and healing process, it is important to maintain proper nutrition and avoid nicotine and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Spinal Fusion by Dr. Rahul Shah
Dr. Rahul Shah is a fellowship trained neck and spine surgeon at Premier Orthopaedic Associates who routinely performs spinal fusions using minimally invasive techniques. He and his expert team are here to help you get back to a pain free life.