Spinal fusion surgery is one of the more frequently performed types of back surgery because it can be used to treat many conditions, including:
- Herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal deformities
Usually, doctors will take a more conservative approach to these kinds of conditions because there are some risks associated with surgery. However, many spinal fusion operations can be performed with minimally invasive techniques, which helps to lower the risks involved and improves the quality of your recovery.
The benefits of spinal fusion surgery
Besides the fact that it can be used to treat many conditions, spinal fusion is a frequently performed surgery because it offers many advantages to your health and well-being, including:
- It reduces back pain — One of the reasons many of the conditions listed here cause back pain is because they put pressure on the nerves in your spine. By fusing two or more of your vertebrae together with spinal fusion, surgeons can reduce pressure off the nerves in your spine. This helps lessen your back pain and other symptoms like numbness or tingling.
- It helps to improve your range of motion — Back pain and pressure on the nerves can limit your ability to bend and twist. Although spinal fusion limits the range of motion in the two vertebrae that are joined together, it helps improve the range of motion in your whole back by giving you the ability to move again without pain.
- It improves the structure of your spine — Spinal deformities and other conditions can create instability in your spine. Spinal fusion can provide stability for the spine and help straighten it back out so it can provide better support for your upper body.
Visit the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute for spinal fusion surgery
Surgery may be one of the last treatments you want to consider, but it may be the best decision you can make for your physical well-being. Our team at the Florida Spine and Joint Institute can examine your condition and determine if surgery is right for you. Contact our team today for more information about spinal fusion surgery or call us at (888) 966-9750 to schedule an initial appointment.