Joint fusion is surgery of joining two or more vertebrae into one single structure. The primary goal is to stop movement between the two bones and also prevent back pain. Because it creates more pain, Once joints are fused, they no longer move like they used to. This helps to keeps you from stretching nearby nerves, ligaments, and muscles that may have caused discomfort. Spinal fusion may help relieve symptoms of many back problems, including:
• Degenerative disk disease
• Spinal stenosis
• Fractured vertebra
• Herniated disk
Why this is needed?
• It is needed when the medicine and physics therapy and other things are not able to recover back pain, then doctor advice for joint fusion. Spinal fusion permanently connects two or more vertebrae in your spine to improve stability, correct a deformity or reduce pain. Your doctor may recommend spinal fusion to treat the following spine problems
• Broken vertebrae. Not all broken vertebrae require spinal fusion. Many heal without treatment. But if a broken vertebra makes your spinal column unstable, spinal fusion surgery may be necessary.
• Deformities of the spine. Spinal fusion can help correct spinal deformities, such as a sideways curvature of the spine (scoliosis) or abnormal rounding of the upper spine (kyphosis).
How this surgery performed- Spinal fusion can be done one of two ways.
• Anterior lumbar interbody fusion
• Posterior fusion: Your doctor goes in from the back
• Blood clots
• Poor wound healing Bleeding
• Injury to blood vessels or nerves in and around the spine
• Pain at the site from which the bone graft is taken
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