The Back & Spine Blog

What is Spinal Fusion Surgery?

Spinal Fusion SurgerySpinal fusion surgery is a surgical procedure where two or more vertebrae are fused together in order to heal into a single bone. The process of a spinal fusion is designed to imitate the natural healing process of a broken bone. This procedure can be helpful in restoring mobility and providing stability for the spine while reducing one’s pain.

As the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons states, “Spinal fusion eliminates motion between vertebrae. It also prevents the stretching of nerves and surrounding ligaments and muscles. It is an option when motion is the source of pain… The theory is if the painful vertebrae do not move, they should not hurt.” Spinal fusion surgery can be very beneficial to someone suffering from persistent back pain. Your doctor may recommend spinal fusion surgery to treat conditions such as: spinal deformities like scoliosis, spinal instability, herniated disc, etc.

Spinal fusion surgery is performed under general anesthesia and may require a hospital stay of two to three days while recovering. Additionally, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to help you reach a full recovery.

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