Spinal Fusion

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to correct problems in your vertebrae. During spinal fusion, a surgeon welds together two or more bones in the spinal column, eliminating the possibility for motion between the bones. The purpose of a fusion is to create a single, immovable piece of bone to ease specific back pain.

Minimally invasive spinal fusion involves making a small incision in the patient’s back. With traditional open surgery, incisions are generally large and much more tissue is disrupted. Special instruments are then inserted at the incision and through the muscles and tissues. The surgeon then uses these special instruments to fuse together the vertebrae that are at the source of pain for the patient. Minimally invasive (MI) spinal fusion has several advantages. Chief among them for the patient is that it causes less damage to tissue, which means a quicker recovery and less pain. Also, MI fusions can be performed in less time than it takes to perform spinal fusion in open surgery.

Your physician may recommend spinal fusion to treat many conditions, including:

  • Scoliosis
  • Fracture
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Tumors

To schedule an appointment with a Spine Surgeon, please call 918.585.8000.