Bone Growth Stimulation for Spinal Fusion Aftercare
Patients' Guide to Bone Growth Stimulation
Spinal fusion may be included in surgical procedures to treat different spinal disorders. The goal of spinal fusion is to provide permanent stabilization of the spine. Fusion seeks to join and fuse two or more spinal bones—vertebral bodies—together to stabilize the spine. Spinal fusion is a healing process where vertebral bodies grow together and become solid.
Bone growth stimulation
Better spinal fusion outcome
- Spinal Instrumentation
Spinal instrumentation includes implants such as interbody devices, cages, plates, rods, and screws.
- Bone Graft
There are different of bone graft such as your own bone (autograft), donor bone (allograft), man-made (synthetic, bioengineered), and biologics (eg, bone morphogenetic protein [BMP]). Bone graft is packed into and around spinal instrumentation.
Lumbar Fusion Surgery
Bone Growth Stimulation
Your surgeon may prescribe a bone growth stimulator to promote and enhance your spinal fusion. There are different types of BGS devices.
- Those implanted within the body (internal BGS).
- External devices designed to be worn around the area of the spinal fusion (eg, neck or back).
- The device emits low level electrical impulses that affect the bone-growing cells to induce bone healing and fusion.
BGS treatment typically is started soon after a spinal fusion procedure. Your surgeon understands that patients, and their postoperative needs differ. Therefore, he will recommend the type of stimulator appropriate for you and your needs.