How Do I Know If I Need Spinal Fusion Surgery

November 24th, 2014

 A spinal fusion surgery is generally only performed in the setting of instability or deformity, but it can be an important tool in an orthopedic surgeon’s repertoire of treatment options. If all other conservative treatment possibilities have failed to produce pain relief and restore the patient to a healthy, active lifestyle, then a decompression and fusion procedure may be recommended as the best potential solution.

Are you are suffering from chronic pain that radiates into the arms and/or legs, which could be caused by a variety of spinal conditions? Have you pursued other, non invasive treatments with no success? If so, then it’s time to talk to your physician about the potential benefits of having a spinal decompression and fusion surgery. Are you experiencing any of the following?:
  • Chronic pain
  • Instability 
  • Numbness
  • Noticeable spinal deformity
If you are suffering from any of the above mentioned conditions and have been wondering, “how do I know if I need spinal fusion surgery,” then we recommend calling 1-800-321-9999 to set up an appointment with a physician at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. Our highly specialized approach to spinal care offers patients the most cutting-edge treatment options and the most advanced use of technology in the field. This is coupled with the warm, patient-focused environment, for which Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is well-known.
There is a growing body of literature on surgical outcomes and treatment strategies and we believe that patients should look for a physician that not only has the skill and experience to perform a successful spinal surgery, but also has the academic expertise to offer the best possible treatments and latest techniques. That’s the value that Rothman Orthopaedic Institute spinal surgeons can offer!
More About Decompression & Fusion Procedures
Don’t waste any more time wondering “how do I know if I need spinal fusion surgery?” If you’ve been suffering from chronic pain, the doctors at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute can help. Here are a few helpful facts to help you learn more about this procedure and determine whether you may be a good candidate for it. 
  • Fusion surgery can be done in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar regions of the spine. The procedure is recommended for each of these areas to address different root causes of pain.
  • The most prominent symptom of a problem in the cervical region of the spine is arm pain. In severe cases, a decompression and fusion procedure may be done. 
  • The decompression part of the surgery addresses the problem area (removes the herniated disc, cleans out bone spurs, etc.) and the fusion is the obligatory next step to help that region of the spine strengthen and stabilize following surgery.
  • The fusion occurs during a natural healing process as the body accepts and heals around a bone graft added by the surgeon.
The best way to determine this, of course, if to set up an appointment with a spine specialist.
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