Common Questions About Spinal Fusion Surgery in Philadelphia

June 3rd, 2014

Common Questions About Spinal Fusion Surgery in Philadelphia

If you or a loved one is suffering from a debilitating condition related to the spinal vertebrae, such as:   
Fracturing or other injury to the bones
  • Weakness or instability caused by infections or tumors 
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Abnormal curvatures
  • Arthritis of the spine
You may be looking for information on surgical procedures and treatments for one of these conditions. Fortunately, there are several promising options for patients with a variety of spinal disorders, including those who qualify as candidates for spinal fusion surgery in Philadelphia.
The expert team of physicians at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute often receive a variety of questions regarding surgical procedures for the spine, including spinal fusion surgery. While any surgical operation comes with its own set of risks, spinal surgery can be especially intimidating. We believe in helping our patients understand the details of every procedure and treatment we offer, in order to include patients and their families in the decision making process.
Spinal Fusion Surgery in Philadelphia: Frequently Asked Questions
What is spinal fusion surgery?
This procedure involves permanently joining two or more vertebrae (bones in the spinal column) to prevent movement between them. Fusion may become necessary when movement between vertebrae causes constant, severe pain or further damage to the spine.
How are the vertebrae fused together?
A bone graft (usually from your pelvic bone) or a synthetic bone substitute may be used. By placing these between the vertebrae, we cause the bone to fuse and prevent movement within this space.
Is it a painful operation?
The surgery itself is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. Postoperative pain and discomfort is to be expected, but this can vary greatly depending on your age, physical condition, and the location of the vertebrae.
What are the risks of spinal fusion surgery in Philadelphia?
Even with some of the best surgeons in the world at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, there are always risks involved with surgery, such as blood clots, reactions to medications, and infection. With spinal surgeries, additional risks include nerve damage and increased wear of the vertebrae above and below the fusion.
Contact Rothman Orthopaedic Institute for more information on spinal fusion surgery in Philadelphia. We are always eager and available to address any questions or concerns that you or your primary care physician might 

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