Spinal Fusion

Spinal Fusion permanently connects two or more vertebrae in your spine. This can provide increased stability, reduce pain and/or correct a deformity. 

Spinal Fusion will immobilize part of your spine and change the way your spine moves. However, spinal fusion will cause additional stress and strain on the other vertebrae which could increase the rate at which those areas of the spine deteriorates.

Reasons for Spinal Fusion Surgery

Below are the common reasons for spinal fusion surgery.

  • Broken Vertebrae
  • Deformities in the Spine
  • Spinal Weakness of instability
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Herniated Disk
  • Chronic low back pain

Risks of Spinal Fusion Surgery

The following are some risks associated with having spinal fusion surgery.

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Blood vessel or nerve injury
  • More back pain in the future

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