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Multilevel Lumbar Fusion best type?

Started by Catchatuna on 05/14/2017 2:36pm

I have done conservative treatment for 10 years and it's no longer effective. I cannot continue with my pain daily level as well as the weakness and I starting to get from lack of use and nerve impingement. My surgeon said that he can stabilize and decompress my spine with a 3 level fusion. Can one bend at all after 3 levels being fused? He wants to perform it from the rear and insert a cage in the disk space with some of my bone in it and use titanium screws and rods. He uses less evasive incisions. Are there other fusion technology or types of surgery that are easier to recover from that I should investigate? I have stenosis, degenerated disks with protrusions, endplate deformities etc. I have a history of a fall with a fracture and a high speed car accident.

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Hi there--and thanks for your post! We think exploring all your surgical options is an excellent idea--and we'd like to share some content with you to help you learn about some newer techniques that offer smaller incisions and shorter recovery periods.

Minimally invasive spine surgery has grown in popularity over the years, and this article provides a great overview of the benefits ( Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery ). Along those same lines, this article describes the minimally invasive surgical technique specific to lumbar fusion:
( Outpatient Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion ).

While minimally invasive spine surgery isn't an option for everyone, it's worth finding out if you're a candidate. We hope this information helps as you weigh this important and personal decision--and we wish you the very best of luck!