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Lumbar Fusion Surgery

Minimize Lower Back Pain

Those who suffer from lower back pain or sciatica know how unbearable it can be to live with daily pain and decreased mobility. There are many different conditions that can put pressure on the nerves in the lower back and cause pain and difficulty moving. Here at miVIP Surgical Centers, we offer cutting-edge spine surgery that is minimally invasive and allows you to get back to your normal responsibilities as quickly as possible.

Lumbar fusion is a permanent surgery that fuses and immobilizes the vertebrae in the lower back. The purpose of the surgery is to help decrease irritation and pain in the area that is triggered by pressure on the nerves during spinal movement.

How the Procedure Is Performed

Before you undergo lumbar fusion, you must first be examined to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for spine surgery. The procedure may be recommended for you if you are currently experiencing any of the following:

  • Sciatic symptoms and back pain that grow worse over time.
  • Reduced mobility for an extended period of time.
  • Lack of relief from non-surgical treatments.
  • Disc degeneration, Spondylolisthesis (slipped disc), scoliosis, spinal stenosis, or a lumbar fracture that can be effectively treated with lumbar fusion.

Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate for spine surgery, general anesthesia will be used ensure that you don’t experience any pain during the procedure. Our experienced surgeons will then make a series of small incisions in the affected area of the lower back through which hollow metal tubes will be inserted. These tubes will then spread the muscles of the back so that the surgeon can work on the area. The vertebrae will then be fused together with the help of graft material that may come from a donor, yourself, or synthetic sources. Titanium screws and rods may be used to provide further support to the area.

miVIP Surgeons

Our highly skilled and dedicated surgeons have undergone advanced training in lumbar fusion and other types of spine surgery. They are all board-certified and will do everything they can to make sure they choose the right type of surgery to treat your unique spinal pain. Because spinal surgery is not an ideal option for everyone, our surgeons will work closely with you to decide whether or not you are an ideal candidate for our minimally invasive spinal surgery procedures.

What to Expect After Your Surgery

Most patients can return to moderate levels of activity within weeks of their lumbar fusion procedure, but your spine surgery may not become completely stable until months after your surgery. To minimize your discomfort during recovery, it is imperative that you closely follow the post-operative instructions of your surgeon. Physical therapy and pain medications will be prescribed to help you regain your mobility and limit your pain.

Procedure Costs

The amount that you will need to pay for your procedure depends on your health insurance policy. Prior to undergoing surgery, you should consult with your insurance provider to find out if the procedure is covered by your policy.

Long Term Prognosis

As with any spine surgery, lumbar fusion comes with certain risks, such as excessive bleeding, infection, blood clots, and nerve injury. However, these complications are rare and most patients who undergo this procedure experience a significant reduction in their day-to-day lower back pain.

Find Out More

To find out more about how minimally invasive spinal surgery may be able to reduce your lower back pain, call miVIP today at 877.956.2263.

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