Spine Surgery Specialists Serving Orange County
What is Spinal Fusion?
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to correct problems with the
bones (vertebrae) of the back (spine). The spine is stabilized by fusing
together two or more vertebrae, using bone grafts and metal rods and screws.
A number of problems can be treated with spinal fusion, such as:
- Injuries to spinal vertebrae
Abnormal curvatures of the spine such as
scoliosis or kyphosis
- Weak or unstable spine caused by infections or tumors
Protrusion and degeneration of the cushioning disk between vertebrae (e.g.herniated disc or "slipped disc")
Spinal fusion surgery is designed to eliminate motion between vertebral
segments, which can be a significant source of pain. The surgery also
stops progress of
spinal deformity, such as
scoliosis. Most spinal fusions involve only small segments of the spine and do not
significantly limit motion.
About the Spinal Fusion Surgery Process
There are many approaches to spinal fusion surgery; all involve adding
bone graft to an area of the spine to set up a biological response that
causes graft to grow between the vertebrae, creating a fusion and thereby
stopping the motion at that segment. Generally, small pieces of bone are
placed into the space between the vertebrae to be fused. Sometimes larger
solid pieces are used to provide immediate structural support. The bone
is either supplied by the patient (autogenous bone) or harvested from
other individuals (allograft bone). After bone grafting, the vertebrae
are held immobile with metal rods and screws in order to allow fusion
Obtaining a successful result from a spine fusion requires an accurate
preoperative diagnosis, a technologically adept surgeon, and a patient
with a reasonably healthy lifestyle who is motivated to pursue rehabilitation
and restoration of their function. At the Spine Center at Hoag Orthopedic
Institute, we are dedicated to returning you to an active and pain-free
life. Call 855-999-4641 to learn more.
Why Choose the Center for Spine at Hoag Orthopedic Institute for your Spinal
The Center for Spine at Hoag Orthopedic Institute's operating rooms
are state-of-the-art and the nurses, surgical technicians, physical therapists,
and educators are orthopedic certified and/or specialized. At the Center
for Spine, you will find highly regarded orthopedic surgeons who specialize
in surgery of the spine. Find a
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