Bone graft refers to the use of bone in spinal fusion surgery. Spine surgeons can use bone graft to stop motion between two or more vertebral bodies, stabilize a corrected spinal deformity, or repair spinal fractures. There are two general types of bone grafts: real bone and bone graft substitutes.
The minimally invasive approach is ideal for procedures that treat nerve compression (eg, herniated disc). However, MIS techniques can also be utilized in more complex procedures that require spinal stabilization using interbody devices (eg, cage), screws, and rods.
The goal of lumbar fusion surgery is to relieve pain, numbness, tingling and weakness, restore nerve function and stop or prevent abnormal motion in the spine. This is done by fusing the vertebrae together.
Is spine surgery your only option for back pain? This article helps patients understand when a spine procedure may be recommended. Furthermore, learn about the differences between an open approach and minimally invasive spine surgery.
Pain management specialists provide many different treatments, including activity modification, medications, therapeutic injections, physical therapy, and acupuncture. Learn about more about treatment and questions you should ask.
Discover how interspinous process decompression (IPD)—a minimally invasive spine surgery—can ease your back pain, and learn about its benefits and risks. Also, learn why IPD, such as the X-STOP implant, is used to treat spinal stenosis.
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty help to relieve the pain associated with osteoporotic compression fractures and involve the injection of medical grade cement into fractured vertebrae. These procedures relieve pain, and reduce and stabilize fractures.