During lumbar spine fusion, two or more vertebrae located in the spine’s lumbar region are linked together. To perform the procedure, damaged discs are removed first. Then the empty space is filled with pieces of bone, sometimes taken from the patient’s pelvic bone.
Also Known As:
Conditions Treated with Lumbar Spine Fusion:
Lumbar spine fusion is utilized to treat conditions such as nerve root compression and degenerative disc pain.
Non-surgical alternatives to lumbar spine fusion include physical therapy, pain relief medications and epidural steroid injections. Spinal disc replacement is a surgical alternative to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Lumbar Spine Fusion:
Lumbar spine fusion is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Lumbar Spine Fusion:
Possible risks following lumbar spine fusion include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience nerve injury, numbness and failed back surgery syndrome.
Recovery from Lumbar Spine Fusion:
The total recovery time for lumbar spine fusion is six to 12 weeks.