Lumbar Spinal Fusion
A lumbar spinal fusion is a procedure in which two or more vertebrae are joined together, usually by means of screws, plates, and bone grafts. Ideally, the bone grafts heal around the hardware, eliminating motion between the fused vertebrae and effectively making them into one unit. However, this procedure comes with significant risks and consequences, not the least of which are the inherent risks of any surgery involving general anesthesia and large incisions.
Some of the downfalls of a lumbar spinal fusion include:
- Loss of mobility
- 25% of all grafts performed do not take, necessitating a second fusion
- Fewer than 50% of conventional surgeries such as spinal fusions actually relieve the pain and other symptoms being targeted by the procedure
- Long recovery time
- Hospital setting
- Possibility of complications and other spinal conditions such as herniated discs forming due to the fusion
If you’re suffering from pain and other symptoms due to a condition in the lumbar region of your spine and have been told that a lumbar spinal fusion is necessary, then you should know about an alternative procedure offered by Laser Spine Institute. Laser Spine Institute’s endoscopic procedures can relieve pain without the need for invasive surgery or grafting of bone, and they’re performed in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia with IV sedation rather than general anesthesia in a hospital. Patients recuperate in the comfort of their own hotel or home, and are generally back to normal activity within a few weeks, all without loss of mobility between the vertebrae.
For more information on the alternatives to lumbar spinal fusion offered by Laser Spine Institute, and to have the medical staff review your CT scan or MRI to determine if you’re a candidate for one of these procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today.