What is Spinal Fusion Surgery?
Spinal fusion surgery was created to alleviate pain in the back by fusing or welding two separate vertebrae together to act as one. The most common spine problems that lead to spinal fusion surgery are broken vertebrae, deformities of the spine, herniated discs, and spinal weakness or instability. When preparing for spinal fusion surgery, remember to tell your doctor about any medications you are taking and be conscious of keeping the surgery site clean and ready.
What to Expect
Spinal fusion surgery is performed while you are unconscious and involves an incision, graft, and fusion. You will be hospitalized for two to three days following surgery and may experience some pain and discomfort that can be controlled by medication. Recovery times vary so expect a couple of months to go by before the spine heals and fuses together.