Who Needs Spine Fusion?
When it comes to persistent back pain caused by conditions such as degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, or herniated discs, spine fusion is a surgical option that can provide much-needed relief. This procedure involves the fusion of two or more vertebrae in the spine, stabilizing the affected area and reducing pain.
Conditions treated with spine fusion:
- Degenerative disc disease: Spine fusion can help treat this condition by stabilizing the spine and preventing further deterioration of the discs.
- Spondylolisthesis: In cases where one vertebra slips forward over another, spine fusion can correct the misalignment and relieve the associated pain.
- Herniated discs: Fusion can be performed to alleviate pain caused by herniated discs when conservative treatments fail to provide relief.
- Spinal instability: When the spine loses its natural stability due to fractures or other conditions, fusion can restore proper alignment and function.
How spine fusion works:
- Spine fusion aims to alleviate back pain by immobilizing the affected vertebrae, preventing them from moving and causing discomfort.
- Surgeons use various techniques to fuse the vertebrae together. The most common approach involves the use of bone grafts or artificial materials, which promote bone growth and fusion.
- Over time, the vertebrae heal and become a single, solid structure, reducing pain and enhancing spinal stability.
Spine fusion is typically considered after conservative treatments like physical therapy, medication, and injections have not provided sufficient relief. Factors such as overall health, the specific condition being treated, and the location of the affected vertebrae all come into play in creating the right treatment plan.
To find out if spinal fusion is right for you or to discuss all your options for spine-related pain, talk with one of our spine specialists at Southern California Orthopedic Institute. Contact us at (818) 901-6600 or request an appointment online.