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Spinal Fusion

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What is Spinal Fusion?

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure in which two or more vertebrae are joined together. This is called spondylodesis or spondylosyndesis, and it’s an orthopedic surgical technique that can be used to treat a variety of conditions.

Spinal fusion can help heal spinal injuries, reduce pain, and improve the function of your neck and back. It’s also one of the most common ways to treat scoliosis—a condition that causes curvature of the spine.

What is the procedure of Spinal Fusion?

Spinal fusion can be performed in order to treat a number of conditions, including:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Broken bones in the spine

The procedure involves inserting a special device into your back to stabilize the affected area while it heals. It’s typically done in an operating room under general anesthesia or with local anesthesia, though minimally invasive options are also available.

During this surgery, doctors will fuse together two or more of your vertebrae to stabilize them and prevent further damage from occurring. The procedure can be performed on one or more vertebrae at a time depending on the severity of your condition.

Spinal fusion may be performed with other surgeries, such as a discectomy (removal of part of a ruptured disc), laminectomy (removal of part of the bony arch overlying a nerve root), lumbar laminoplasty (placement of an artificial ligament), decompression (relieving pressure on nerves), or spinal cord stimulator implantation (insertion of an electrical device that treats chronic pain).

What is the goal of spinal fusion?

The goal of spinal fusion is to reduce pain and improve mobility by removing pressure on a nerve root or disks. Fusion can be performed in various regions of the spine, such as between vertebrae in the neck (cervical), lower back (lumbar), thoracic spine (upper middle part), or sacrum (pelvis).

What are the symptoms of Spinal Fusion?

The main symptoms of spinal fusion surgery are pain and stiffness in the neck, back or legs after surgery.

Other symptoms may include numbness, weakness or loss of sensation in the arms or legs; loss of bowel or bladder control; difficulty breathing; heartburn; nausea; vomiting; incontinence (inability to control urination).

What are the causes of Spinal Fusion?

There are many reasons why your doctor may recommend spinal fusion surgery. Your doctor will help you determine whether spinal fusion is the best option for you.

Some of the most common reasons for spinal fusion include:

  • Degenerative disc disease, which can cause pain in your neck and back
  • Spinal stenosis, a condition where the space around your spinal cord becomes narrowed due to wear and tear on your spine over time
  • Spondylolisthesis, a condition in which one or more vertebrae slips out of place
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome which occurs when nerves or blood vessels are compressed in your shoulder area due to bone spurs from arthritis or other conditions

What are the risk factors for Spinal Fusion?

The risk factors for spinal fusion surgery include:

  • Having a history of cancer or other serious illness
  • Being older than 60 years old
  • Having had previous surgeries on your spine
  • Having osteoporosis (weak bones)

What is the importance of Spinal Fusion?

Spinal fusion may be recommended if you have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease (DDD) or other conditions such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis (slippage of one vertebra over another)
  • Fractures of the vertebrae or disc material
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the space around your spinal cord)

What are the precautions for Spinal Fusion?

Before you undergo Spinal Fusion surgery, it’s important to discuss the risks and benefits of this procedure with your doctor. Your doctor will also discuss any precautions you need to take before and after the procedure.

Some of these precautions include:

  • Walking only when necessary after surgery until you are told otherwise by your doctor;
  • Avoiding large crowds or public places where there may be an increased risk of infection;
  • Not lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds for six weeks after surgery;
  • Not driving for four weeks after surgery;

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Spinal Fusion Recovery Exercises

Spinal fusion recovery exercises can help you keep moving and avoid stiffness and pain. Here are some of the best exercises for spinal fusion:

Walking

Walking is one of the best exercises for spinal fusion because it helps you stay active without putting too much strain on your back.

Stretching

Stretching gently warms up your muscles before exercise and helps them stay limber throughout the day. You can do simple stretches like reaching for your toes or rolling your head gently from side to side.

Abdominal contractions

Abdominal contractions help strengthen your core muscles and help reduce back pain after spinal fusion surgery.

They’re easy to do at home—just lie on your back with one knee bent and the other leg straight out in front of you, then slowly lift your straight leg up toward the ceiling until it’s parallel to the floor (don’t lock it). Then slowly lower it down again, keeping all movement smooth and controlled. Repeat 10 times on each leg daily until there’s no more pain or discomfort in your back—then keep doing them every day to prevent future problems!  What are the restrictions and recovery time for Spinal Fusion?

After your spinal fusion surgery, you may have some restrictions.

  • You should avoid lifting heavy objects and lifting anything that weighs more than 10 pounds.
  • You may also have difficulty bending over or reaching your toes.
  • You should avoid activities that involve reaching above your head or twisting at the waist.
  • You should be able to resume normal activities within two weeks of your surgery.

The recovery time for Spinal Fusion is dependent on the type of surgery you undergo. If you have a minimally invasive procedure, you should be able to return to work within two weeks.

If you have a traditional spinal fusion, it will take longer (around four to six weeks) because you’ll need to heal before you’re able to begin physical therapy.

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What brace is used for Spinal Fusion?

The lumbar brace is used for spinal fusion.

Spinal fusion is the process of joining two vertebrae together with bone grafts, which are usually taken from the patient’s abdomen or hip. This procedure helps to relieve pain caused by a degenerative disc disease or spinal stenosis. The lumbar brace is worn after surgery to help reduce pain and swelling, stabilize the spine after surgery, and prevent re-injury.

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