When the vertebrae, which are small bones that make up your spinal column, move against each other more than normal, it could lead to chronic back pain. Minimally invasive lumbar fusion is one surgical option that can alleviate the symptoms of this condition by joining together two or more bones to prevent them from moving too much or impinging or irritating the nerves, ligaments, or back muscles.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for minimally invasive lumbar fusion, our providers at Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates in Duxbury perform a physical exam and other additional testing that may include X-ray, CT-Scan, MRI, Myelogram, and Electromyogram and Nerve Conduction Studies.
What Is Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion
The spinal column is made up of small bones called vertebrae, which are stacked on top of each other and protect the delicate spinal cord that sends and receives signals going from the brain to the entire body.
When two or more vertebrae move beyond what is normal, they could irritate the nearby nerves, ligaments, or muscles, which in turn results in pain. With minimally invasive lumbar fusion, this pain is eliminated by fusing together one or more vertebrae with the use of a bone graft or artificial material.
Who Can Benefit from This Minimally Invasive Surgery
Physical examination and additional testing will determine if you’re a good candidate for this procedure. Oftentimes, patients diagnosed with these medical conditions can benefit from this procedure:
- Degenerative disk disease
- Fracture to the spinal column
- Tumor in the spinal column
- Spinal stenosis
- Infection of the spinal column
Is It Safe?
The vast majority of patients recover very well after their minimally invasive spinal fusion. It can take some time for a full recovery to be achieved.
What Can You Expect After Your Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion?
Compared to the traditional technique, minimally invasive spinal fusion results in quicker recovery and less risk of complications. We may advise you to stick to light activities such as walking within the first few months of your surgery before you slowly increase your activity level.