Lumbar Spine Fusion Can Restore Mobility and Reduce Discomfort
When patients suffer from chronic back pain or another spine condition, it can be extremely painful and disrupt mobility. When non-surgical spine treatments have been unsuccessful, Dr. Aron D. Rovner may recommend undergoing a lumbar spine fusion procedure at his New York City practice.
This surgery is designed to permanently connect two or more vertebrae in the lower spine to eliminate motion between them and relieve pain and discomfort. If you have been suffering from a spinal condition and would like to learn more about how lumbar spine fusion or any of our other treatments can benefit you, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rovner.
The Lumbar Spine Fusion Procedure
The lumbar spine fusion procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so you will be unconscious for the duration of the surgery. Dr. Rovner will make several small incisions above or to the sides of the lumbar vertebrae (the five vertebrae between the rib cage and the pelvis). He will remove any damaged portions of the disc before fusing the vertebrae together using a bone graft. The graft can be harvested from another area of your body, such as the hip, or acquired from a donor tissue bank. Dr. Rovner will place the graft between the vertebrae and fuse the bones together using screws, plates, rods, or a combination to promote stability. Following the procedure, your back will heal over the course of several months. Dr. Rovner will give you specific aftercare instructions for your lumbar spine fusion recovery to ensure that the fusion is a success, and that the results provide you with long-term benefits.
Conditions Treated Using Lumbar Spine Fusion
Lumbar spine fusion can be used to treat a number of painful back conditions:
- Herniated Disc: If you have suffered a herniated disc, Dr. Rovner can fuse the vertebrae above and below the disc to relieve pressure on the nerves.
- Scoliosis and Kyphosis: These conditions, which affect the curvature of the spine, can be treated by fusing specific vertebrae.
- Spinal Instability: Prolonged excessive motion between two vertebrae can weaken the spine over time, leading to severe cases of spinal arthritis. By fusing two vertebrae, Dr. Rovner can restore stability and strength to the spine.
- Broken Vertebrae: Although many cases of broken vertebrae can heal on their own with proper rest and immobilization, if a broken bone is causing spinal instability, Dr. Rovner may recommend a fusion procedure.
- Spondylolisthesis: This condition is characterized by one of the vertebrae slipping forward, placing pressure on the nerves. This can cause severe pain, as well as numbness or tingling throughout the body. After portions of the displaced vertebra are removed to relieve the pressure on the nerves, fusion can restore stability and maintain relief.
Schedule a Consultation
If you suffer from any of the conditions that are indicated for lumbar spine fusion, and would like to learn more about how the procedure can help you experience relief, please contact our office and make an appointment with Dr. Rovner.