WEST ORANGE, N.J., Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Back pain is a symptom, not a specific disease. It afflicts almost
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that corrects problems with the small bones of the spine (vertebrae). It eliminates movement between vertebrae by fusing together the painful vertebrae so they heal into a single, solid bone.
"Spinal fusion is an option when motion is the source of pain," says Dr. Kadimcherla. "Preventing the movement of affected vertebrae prevents the friction that causes pain and also reduces pressure on surrounding nerves." Spinal fusion can relieve the symptoms of several conditions, including degenerative disk disease, herniated lumbar disk (in which a bulging disk pinches the nerve), spondylolisthesis (in which one vertebra slips over the bone below it), and stenosis (a narrowing of the open spaces in the spine, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves that travel through it). "For people who have suffered for years with back pain that hasn't responded to conservative treatment, spinal fusion can enable them to resume favorite activities and vastly improve their quality of life."
There are several different ways spinal fusion may be performed, depending on the patient's age, overall health, and the specific condition to be corrected. Some patients are candidates for a minimally invasive procedure that reduces recovery time but for many, traditional or "open" spinal fusion is the best option and they must understand what to expect following surgery to ensure the speediest recovery and most successful results.
Full recovery from traditional spinal fusion takes three to six months. "Understanding the fusion process makes clear how recovery proceeds and why the three-month benchmark is an important juncture," says Dr. Kadimcherla. "In the three months following surgery, the fused bone mass is becoming established. Until that point, the fusion is fragile and too much movement or stress can cause damage. Patients are advised to rest and to avoid bending, twisting, and lifting. By twelve months, the fusion has set and gentle exercise becomes an important factor in further healing, both to strengthen the back and to restore muscle tone." Dr. Kadimcherla offers these suggestions for what to expect three months post-surgery.
"The three-month point after spinal fusion surgery is generally an important milestone," says Dr. Kadimcherla. "Primary healing is complete, the fusion is established, and it is now time to rebuild strength, regain energy, resume regular activities, and begin to enjoy the improved quality of life you've worked hard for."
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Praveen Kadimcherla, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon at Atlantic Spine Center.
SOURCE Atlantic Spine Center
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