Spine fusion permanently joins two bones together so there is no longer movement between them. NeuroSpine institute has done hundreds of spinal fusion surgeries and is considered a leading spine institutes in the country.
The main goal of spinal fusion surgery is to relieve pain, numbness, tingling and weakness, restore nerve function and prevent abnormal motion in the spine.
After spinal fusion is performed in front of your spine, the surgeon will remove the disc and all areas arthritic, and place a bone graft between the vertebrae, where it finally merges with the surrounding vertebrae to stop abnormal movement. If spinal fusion is performed on the back of your spine, a bone graft from the pelvis or bone from a bone bank will be located on the sides of the vertebrae, where it will grow together in the vertebrae to stop the abnormal movement. Sometimes, metal rods, screws or hooks also be used with a bone graft to further stabilize the spine. When the vertebrae are surgically stabilized, abnormal motion is stopped and function is restored to the spinal nerves.
Spinal Fusion Recovery
After the spinal fusion surgery, it may be required of you to wear a plastic brace or possibly a cloth corset for a few weeks or months. The spinal fusion surgeon may not recommend you to wear a brace at all, but it all depends on what the surgeon performing the spinal fusion surgery believes to be the most successful in their practice to ensure a speedy recovery and prevent infections.
It may take several months to well over a year for the spinal fusion recovery process to be complete depending on the severity of the spinal fusion surgery. For this reason as a patient you must realize prior to surgery that noticeable results may take time and you may need to be patient when looking for results from your spinal fusion surgery. This procedure is not a quick fix option and requires a commitment between the patient and the surgeon performing the spinal fusion surgery to improving your back and leg pain.
See more on the iMas & the Masson Keyhole Procedure page. These procedures were created by Dr. Robert Masson of the NeuroSpine Institute and have been adapted by neurosurgeons around the world. Dr. Masson has performed over 10,000 procedures using these techniques which result in a substantially shorter recovery time.