Spinal Fusion

Spinal Fusion

As instances of back pain and spinal stenosis continue to grow in the United States, so too does the need for spinal surgery treatment. Thankfully, spinal fusion can be a safe and highly effective treatment for many types of back pain. If you’re interested in learning more about whether spinal fusion is right for you, don’t hesitate to call Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California or book an appointment online.

As instances of back pain and spinal stenosis continue to grow in the United States, so too does the need for spinal surgery treatment. Thankfully, spinal fusion can be a safe and highly effective treatment for many types of back pain. If you’re interested in learning more about whether spinal fusion is right for you, don’t hesitate to call Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California or book an appointment online.

Spinal Fusion Q & A

What is spinal fusion?

It might sound futuristic, but spinal fusion is a fairly straightforward procedure in practice. During spinal fusion, at least two vertebrae are connected together using bone from your body or synthetic and frequently metal rods and screws.

By fusing vertebrae together, the ability for these vertebrae to independently move is stopped, creating a stable section of the spine, which helps remove the pain associated with certain spinal conditions.

Who needs spinal fusion?

Spinal fusion is a surgical technique tailored to specific medical conditions affecting the spine. Most of these conditions affect the stability of the spine or cause pain. These conditions include:

Spinal deformities

Abnormal shapes of your spine, such as the curves caused by scoliosis or upper rounding of the spine caused by kyphosis, are treatable through spinal fusion.

Broken vertebrae

Though some broken vertebrae are capable of healing on their own, severe breaks can cause instability in your spine and require fusion.

Spondylolisthesis

This spinal condition occurs when a vertebra slips out of position and tilts on the vertebra below it. This can often cause severe pain or leg numbness, which requires fusion to correct.

Herniated discs

Severe cases of herniated discs that cannot be corrected through more conservative means might require spinal fusion for treatment.

General spinal weakness or instability

Spinal weakness or instability is often caused by conditions like arthritis, but can typically be corrected using spinal fusion pathology.

What can I expect during a spinal fusion procedure?

During your spinal fusion, you will first be placed under general anesthesia, and you will be under for the duration of the procedure. After locating the vertebrae that require fusion, ?a small incision over your spine will be made to access the site. The muscles are usually split as well to expose the affected part of the spine.

Spinal fusions require bone grafts to help connect the vertebrae together. This bone can either come from a bone graft from a donor or from your own body. If the bone is taken from your body, ?a small incision is made above your pelvic bone to remove a small portion for the procedure.

Once the bone graft is in place, the spine is held together using metal rods, and screws, and possibly spacers or ?cages? between the bones for additional support.

How long is spinal fusion recovery?

Following your surgery, you might need to stay in the hospital for a few days for observation. You will likely experience a small amount of pain or discomfort, but medications can help control this pain.

It can take several months for vertebrae to fully heal after spinal fusion. During this time, Dr. Dennis might advise abstaining from sports and other taxing physical activities, including your job if necessary.

Finally, Dr. Dennis might recommend physical therapy to help you adjust to your procedure. You will want to learn to walk and move in a fashion that keeps your spine in alignment.

Curious about whether spinal fusion surgery is right for you? Let Dr. Dennis help. Call Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, to schedule your consultation or book online.

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Back Pain

Back pain is the third most common reason people visit the doctor’s office, and it’s thought that nearly 80% of the world’s population will experience some form of back pain in their lives. Back pain is also one of the most common reasons for missed work, even though most cases of back pain are treatable or preventable. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis has decades of experience in diagnosing and treating back pain, mixing the latest state-of-the-art treatment options with tried-and-true knowledge. If you suffer from back pain, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.

Discectomy

While a severely herniated disc can hinder your ability to move and leave you in great pain, the procedure to remove a herniated disc, called a discectomy, is one of the most successful types of back surgery. Luckily, Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, is here to help you figure out if a discectomy is right for you. To learn more, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or request an appointment online.

Herniated Disc

While we often associate herniated discs with pain and immobility, the condition is quite common, and many people with a herniated disc exhibit no symptoms. When a herniated disc is particularly severe, however, you might need medical attention to relieve pain and restore function. Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California has decades of experience treating spinal issues and can provide the spinal care you need to get you back on your feet. To learn more, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.

Laminectomy

A laminectomy, also known as decompression surgery, is a common procedure used to treat arthritis and other conditions that place pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, such as stenosis. With many patients reporting a strong success rate even a decade after the procedure, a laminectomy can improve mobility and quality of life for years on end. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis can identify whether a laminectomy can resolve your spine health and provide the expert touch you need for long-lasting results. To learn more, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.

Neck Pain

Neck pain comes in just after back pain as one of the most common musculoskeletal problems, with up to 70% of all adults expected to suffer from neck pain at some point in their lives. The prevalence of this pain also seems to be growing, making proper diagnosis and treatment all the more important. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis has extensive experiencing identifying the root cause of your neck pain and providing treatment that lasts. If you?re suffering from chronic neck pain, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.

Sciatica

It’s thought that up to 10% of back pain sufferers have sciatica, a condition caused when pressure or other conditions irritate the sciatic nerve. This pain can radiate along your hips and legs, disrupting your ability to move or even relax comfortably. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis offers fast, effective diagnosis and treatment for this common source of pain. If you think you suffer from sciatica, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book it online.

Spine Surgery

Traditional spine surgery has long been performed as an open surgery that often placed great stress on the body and required a lengthy recovery period. In more recent years, innovations in medical technology and techniques have allowed surgeons to perform safer, minimally invasive procedures to correct certain spinal problems. At the office of Steven C. Dennis, MD, in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Dennis takes full advantage of this new technology to provide patients with the highest care possible with a faster recovery. To learn more, call Dr. Dennis to schedule your consultation or book online.

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Neck Pain

Neck pain comes in just after back pain as one of the most common musculoskeletal problems, with up to 70% of all adults...

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Back Pain

Back pain is the third most common reason people visit the doctor's office, and it's thought that nearly 80% of the world's population...

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Herniated Disc

While a severely herniated disc can hinder While we often associate herniated discs with pain and immobility, the condition...

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Sciatica

It's thought that up to 10% of back pain sufferers have sciatica, a condition caused when pressure or other conditions irritate...

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