Spine Specific Procedures

Spinal Fusion

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that permanently joins two or more vertebrae in the spine. Bone grafts are used to promote the fusion, and metal screws, rod and/or plates are used to hold the bones rigidly together while the bones fuse (No, you won’t set off the metal detector at the airport!). The operation can be performed to treat a variety of conditions, including spinal deformities, degenerative disc disease, and fractures. It can also be used to stabilize the spine following a vertebral dislocation or instability. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and patients often need a day or two in the hospital to recover, depending on the type of fusion.

Our team has extensive experience performing this complex procedure. We offer a wide range of treatment options and use the latest technology and techniques to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients. If you are considering spinal fusion surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that is used to create spinal stability and reduce pain caused by spinal instability. This is often done when conditions such as degenerative disc disease, trauma or scoliosis cause the vertebrae in the spine to become misaligned or unstable.

At Gulf Coast Brain and Spine Center our team of experienced neurosurgeons specialize in performing spinal fusions for patients suffering from chronic pain due to these conditions. Our minimally invasive techniques can help minimize recovery time by reducing tissue damage that is typically associated with open back surgery.

Spinal fusion involves placing bone graft material between two or more vertebrae to help them grow together and form one solid bone. This helps restore normal movement while also providing increased stability, which can help reduce pain significantly. In some cases it may also be necessary toadd metal plates or screws to further stabilize the area after surgery.

It’s important to remember that even though spinal fusion can provide significant relief for some individuals it does not guarantee complete cure of all symptoms associated with the condition you are suffering from. Therefore, it’s important to discuss all available treatment options with your doctor before deciding on a course of action.

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