Posterior Spinal Instrumented Fusion

Your doctor may recommend a posterior spinal instrumented fusion if you suffer from chronic back pain caused by spinal instability or spinal deformities. This procedure is minimally invasive and aims to restore normal spinal alignment and stability by implanting specific instruments and fusing the vertebrae together.

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Posterior Spinal Instrumented Fusion

Your doctor may recommend a posterior spinal instrumented fusion if you suffer from chronic back pain caused by spinal instability or spinal deformities. This procedure is minimally invasive and aims to restore normal spinal alignment and stability by implanting specific instruments and fusing the vertebrae together.

What Is Posterior Spinal Instrumented Fusion?

Posterior spinal fusion is a surgical procedure where your surgeon uses bone graft at the back of your vertebrae to fuse them together. The bone graft stimulates bone to heal and bond together. A surgeon can use a graft from the bone in your body, a donor, or one made from proteins.
The instrumentation stabilizes the spine during the procedure and stimulates bone fusion. Your surgeon may use plates, rods, connectors, screws, artificial discs, and other spinal implants during your posterior spinal instrumented fusion surgery. The goal is to support the spine, so instrumentation works like an internal brace while your vertebrae fuse.

Who Can Benefit From Posterior Spinal Instrumented Fusion?

You may benefit from a posterior spinal instrumented fusion if:

● You have a spinal deformity such as kyphosis or scoliosis
● You experience spinal instability
● You have chronic back or leg pain
● Conservative treatments have failed to provide necessary pain relief
● You need to bridge a space after the removal of a spinal element like a spinal disc

The Advantages of Posterior Spinal Instrumented Fusion

Spinal fusion is not a new concept, and surgeons have performed it since the late 1950s. However, today’s procedure is a lot less invasive, with fewer side effects. The advantages include:

● Smaller incisions
● Minimized skin and muscle damage
● Shorter procedures
● Less blood loss
Faster recovery
● Reduced pain after the surgery
● Shorter hospital stay
● Quicker return to your activities
● Less noticeable scars

Is Posterior Spinal Instrumented Fusion Safe?

Posterior spinal instrumented fusion is generally a safe procedure. It is successful, and most patients experience significant pain relief. However, it still involves surgery on your spine, which carries the risk of certain complications. That includes:

● Bleeding and vascular damage
● Infection
● Blood clots
● Soft tissue injuries
● Post-operative pain

● Poor wound healing
● Nerve damage
● Bruising and swelling
● Other medical complications

If you want to improve your chances of successful posterior spinal instrumented fusion, you should:

● Stop smoking 2-3 months before the surgery, as nicotine inhibits bone-growth
● Eat a healthy diet to allow your body some proper fuel for healing
● Exercise regularly as it promotes circulation, which is essential for recovery
● Try to get to a healthy weight because being obese harms bone fusion success
● Talk to your doctor about the medication you take

In addition, certain conditions like osteoporosis, diabetes, chronic illnesses, long-term steroid use, and malnutrition can reduce the chances of a successful posterior spinal instrumented fusion.

Significant pain relief can help you live your life to the fullest.

Although chronic pain may seem like an obstacle you can’t overcome, there is a suitable treatment approach for everybody. With our joint experience and knowledge, we can help uncover the cause of your pain and propose the right treatment approach, including a posterior spinal instrumented fusion.

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