Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to join two or more vertebrae into one single structure. It eliminates motion between vertebrae. Spinal fusion permanently connects two or more vertebrae in your spine which helps to improve stability and reduce pain. It also helps in correcting a deformity.
- Spinal fusion is performed under general anesthesia.
- Your surgeon makes an incision to gain access to the vertebrae; it can be in your neck or back directly over the spine, or in your abdomen or throat.
- Bone graft is placed to fuse two vertebrae. The bone graft may come from a bone bank or from your own body.
- The bone graft material is placed between the vertebrae and held together using metal plates, screws or rods.
- The incision is then closed, and suitable dressing is applied.
- Your doctor may recommend wearing a brace for a time period to keep your spine aligned correctly.
- Provides symptom relief such as pain and movement problems.
- Avoid damage to the spinal cord which may even result in paralysis.
- Blood clots
- Pain at the site from which the bone graft is taken
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