Alternatives to Spinal Fusion
Can I avoid a spinal fusion?
When all non-surgical treatment options have been exhausted, making the correct decision for the appropriate surgery is paramount. My goal is to provide patients with the least invasive procedure when surgery does become required.
Although a spinal fusion allows me to dramatically take pressure off nerves and stabilize the spine, a fusion often includes a 3+ month recovery time. Once the vertebrae are permanently joined, that level of spine no longer moves, which increases stress on the adjoining spine levels.
Despite what many people might tell you...there is a reasonable chance that you can get a smaller surgery than a fusion.
Through smaller and sometimes even millimeter-sized incisions, I can surgically decompress (remove the pinch) and do so without the use of more aggressive fusion techniques. These outpatient procedures involve NO implants, screws, rods or cages. These are surgeries titled: discectomy, laminectomy, foraminotomy, and disc replacement.
If you've been told that you NEED a spinal fusion, you owe it to yourself to get a second opinion. It is very possible that an alternative to spinal fusion is available to you. After I have personally examined you, and we have together gone through your MRI and x-ray images, I will be able to answer this question for you.