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Spinal Fusion

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Barcelona Spine Center Barcelona / Spain
Barcelona Spine Center

Barcelona Spine Center has over 15 years of experience in spinal surgery combined with innovative knowledge and extensive preparation enable the specialists to come up with the precise diagnosis and offer the most appropriate and the least invasive treatment for each particular spinal problem.

  • Testimonial: " The operation was a complete success with no complications " P.D Le Riche
  • Languages: English & Spanish
  • Additional Services: Local Accommodation Assistance, Airport Transfers, Hotel to Clinic Transfers

Dr. Razi Ouanes Sousse / Tunisia
Dr. Razi Ouanes

Dr. Razi Ouane's orthopedic practice focuses on effectively helping patients regain mobility and restore their active lifestyle.

  • Languages: French, English, Arabic
  • Additional Services: Airport Transfers, Translator Services

ROMOY Healthcare - Orthopedic Unit

The entire orthopedic team at ROMOY includes proficient nurses, skilled physician assistants, caring nurse practitioners, expert surgical technicians, and an orthopedic outpatient staff that is dedicated to providing an empathetic and gentle experience for all our orthopedic patients.

  • Testimonial: " J’ai été très satisfaite, je recommande à tout le monde " Gaelle Bremont
  • Languages: English, Turkish, Persian, Arabic, Romanian, Russian, Dutch, French, German, Italian
  • Additional Services: Airport Transfers, Assistance for Disabled Patients, Hotel Reservations, Hotel to Clinic Transfers, , Local Accommodation Assistance, Local Tours, Nutrition Counseling, Recuperation Services, Translator Services

The Welcare Hospital Gujarat / India
The Welcare Hospital

Welcare hospital is a leading edge, multi-disciplinary orthopedic facility located in Gujarat, India.

  • Testimonial: " In my honest opinion, Welcare Hospital is a Hospital with a dedicated teamwork of expertise led by Dr. Mody. " Mr. Muturi
  • Languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati
  • Additional Services: Airport Transfers, Translator Services, Local Accommodation Assistance, Local Tours, Nutrition Counselling, Recuperation Services, Assistance for Disabled Patients, Hotel Reservations, Hotel to Clinic Transfers

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What is Spinal Fusion?

Back pain affects over 80% of adults at some point in their lives, whether it is lower back pain, middle, or upper. Back pain is often related to working conditions, lifestyle and diet. Sometimes back pain is not self- inflicted, but rather a consequence of accidents, sports injuries or degenerative disease, such as osteoarthritis. It can often be controlled with exercise, especially exercises that focus on the strengthening of the back and losing excess weight; avoiding smoking or by using conventional non-surgical treatments to improve back pain.

 

When all else fails, surgery may be your only option, at which point you should request a consultation to determine what type of surgery you may need. Or perhaps you may not need surgery, but general guidance on conventional methods of therapy. You may even be advised to go to a physical therapist.

 

360 degree fusion is a minimally invasive surgery used to treat Spinal Stenosis.

 

A Good Candidate for Spinal Fusion

Fusion may be recommended to treat scoliosis, a slipped disc, damaged joint or spinal stenosis. If you suffer from any of these conditions, it is important for you to get it checked out as pain can be persistent the longer you wait.

 

Spinal Fusion Procedure

Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal causing pinching on the nerves or the compressed area, extending out to the legs. Spinal stenosis usually occurs in individuals over 50, however younger people who have narrow spinal canals are also at risk. Lumbar Stenosis is the most common type of Spinal Stenosis, which occurs in the lower back. Cervical Stenosis is the most dangerous and the rarer form of stenosis. It occurs in the upper back and neck and can affect the brain and speech.

 

360 degree fusion for spinal stenosis utilizes a combination of posterolateral fusion and inters body fusion, the two main techniques used in spinal fusion surgery. The purpose of 360 degree spinal fusion is to relieve pain in the spine caused by degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and abnormal spine growth. 360 degree fusion fuses removes damaged parts of the bone or disc and then fuses the vertebrae back together using bone graft.

 

Risks and Side Effects of Spinal Fusion

People who have had spinal fusion will notice less flexibility in their backs after surgery.

 

Recovery from Spinal Fusion

Recovery from the 360 spinal procedures can take several weeks. The patient will need to rest for a few days. After the pain from the surgery fades, the patient will slowly begin to re-adapt to normal daily activities.

 

Results of Spinal Fusion

After you have recovered from surgery, you may continue to have some pain in your back. To reduce some of the pain, it is recommended to stay in good physical shape.

 

Posterolateral fusion Vs. Inter body fusion

The main difference between posterolateral fusion and inter body fusion is in where the graft is placed. Posterolateral fusion allows the disc to remain intact and places the bone graft between the transverse processes of the vertebra so that morselized bone will extend from one vertebra to the next vertebra. Bilateral screws and rods are then fixated onto the pedicles for extra support. Bone graft morsels can be placed along the sides of the spine and rods for additional support.

 

One level fusion would fuse together two vertebrae, using 4 screws and 2 rods, while two level fusions would fuse together 3 vertebrae by using 6 screws and 2 rods.

 

In inter body fusion, the damaged disc is removed and replaced with a bone graft. The endplates of the vertebral bodies are cleaned prior to placement. The graft is placed between the vertebral bodies sometimes through an anterior approach (front) in which a small incision is made in the abdomen. This approach is also known as ALIF (anterior lumbar interbody fusion). Access to the spine through the anterior is easier than from the back because the muscles in the abdomen run vertically, allowing the surgeon to simply move them over rather than cutting them, unlike conventional open spine surgeries. Pain is also minimal because muscle is not cut. An ALIF can be done with one incision or with several tiny incisions by using an endoscope, allowing for better visualization.

 

Interbody fusion can also be performed by accessing the spine through the back, a fusion technique known as Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) or Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF). The main difference between the two is in the angle in which the disc is placed. TLIF is preferred by most over PLIF.

 

Last updated on December 12th, 2011