Lumber Fusion

Some minimally Invasive lumber fusion techniques can be performed on an outpatient basis and speed recovery.

Lumbar Spinal Fusion

Lumbar spinal fusion surgery connects vertebral bones in the lower back or lumbar spine. The purpose of a lumbar spinal fusion procedure is to cause the bone to grow between the vertebrae to cause them to fuse and prevent motion between them. A lumbar fusion is also designed to inhibit the formation of bone spurs between the vertebrae. Lumbar fusion is usually successful in relieving symptoms like disabling lower back pain.

Lumbar Fusion is used to treat conditions within the lumbar spine (lower back). Such conditions can include:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spinal deformities
  • Vertebral misalignment
  • Spinal deformities
  • Lower back pain
  • Spinal injury, e.g. bone fracture

The Procedure

There are a number of methods and techniques for performing a lumbar fusion, including:

  • Bone Graft. This technique uses bone harvested from another portion of your body or ordered from a bone bank. This bone is grafted onto the vertebrae to create a bridge and stimulate the growth of new bone.
  • Metal implants or metal plates. Implants or plates can be used to join and hold the vertebra together until new bone grows between the vertebrae.

Lumbar Fusion Surgical Access

Minimally invasive lumbar fusion procedures can either be performed through the patient’s abdomen, back, or side.
Many spinal surgeons prefer to perform lumbar fusions through an incision on the back. Minimally invasive lumbar fusion through the back has been found to be as effective as traditional surgical techniques. It often results in better outcomes, i.e. less pain, less blood loss, and faster recovery.
Some doctors now perform minimally invasive lumbar fusion through an incision on the patients side, but this is a newer technique. Many doctors avoid performing minimally invasive lumbar fusion through the abdomen because it taken longer to complete the operation and increases the risk of nerve injury.

Lumbar Fusion Recovery

A lumbar fusion surgery may require a short stay in a hospital, i.e. inpatient procedure. However, some newer techniques can be performed on an outpatient basis and allow patients to recover at home.

Advantages of a Minimally-Invasive Lumbar Fusion Surgery can include:

  • Outpatient procedure (No hospital stay)
  • Small incision
  • Preserves muscle
  • Less scarring
  • Less blood loss
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Faster Recovery
  • Lower risk of infection

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