Conditions That Can Benefit From Spinal Fusion

Jan 11, 2023
Conditions That Can Benefit From Spinal Fusion
Spinal fusion is surgery used to treat a range of conditions that affect the spine. It has many benefits, such as less pain and increased mobility for the patient. Learn more about who stands to benefit from a spinal fusion procedure.

Spinal fusion is surgery that combines two or more bones in your vertebrae. This fusion stabilizes your spine and can address various conditions, from a slipped disc to spondylosis. 

Spinal fusions can be tricky procedures, making it crucial to go with a skilled and experienced doctor. This is what you get here at HAAS Spine & Orthopaedics with Dr. Stepan Kasimian, an orthopedic surgeon who has specialty training in performing complex spinal surgeries in Glendale, Santa Ana, and Upland, California.

Learn more about conditions that benefit from spinal fusion and what you can expect from the procedure.

What is spinal fusion?

Spinal fusion is a procedure that joins two or more bones in your spine. Certain conditions can affect your spine, causing the bones to move more than they should. Spinal fusion helps to prevent one or more of the bones in your spine from moving. 

In the long run, spinal fusion helps to alleviate and prevent pain and inflammation brought on by these conditions. 

What conditions require spinal fusion?

Several conditions stand to benefit from a spinal fusion procedure. Some of the most common include:

  • Arthritis 
  • Scoliosis 
  • Spinal stenosis 
  • An infection in your spine 
  • Injured disc
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • A tumor in your spine 
  • A fracture in your spine 

It’s important to note that spinal fusion isn’t ideal for all spinal conditions. If you’re considering this procedure, you should consult a doctor who has extensive orthopedic experience. 

What to expect from a spinal fusion procedure 

During spinal fusion, you’re under anesthesia, so you don’t experience any pain or discomfort during the process.

When you're comfortably under the anesthesia, your doctor makes a small incision in your back to get to your spine. Then they push your muscles out of the way and remove the disc or discs between problematic bones in your spine. 

A synthetic material with a similar structure to your bone is inserted with special screws and other materials to hold it in place. 

What to do after getting spinal fusion 

After your surgery, your doctor advises you on managing any pain and discomfort you might experience during your healing process. You may be asked to stay in the hospital for a few days before discharge. 

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any signs of infection, such as fever, tenderness, and chills, after you’re discharged. 

It may take a couple of months to fully heal from your procedure. During that time, it’s vital to avoid activities that strain your back. 

You might also be asked to attend physical therapy sessions to help with your healing. A physical therapist also guides you on how to walk, sit and stand properly. 

Are you dealing with a condition that affects your spine? Request an appointment on our website to find out if you’re a suitable candidate for spinal fusion. You can also reach us at 818-500-9286.