Does your back hurt? Do you experience back pain throughout the day and into the night? At the ClinTech Center for Spine Health, we provide care to patients who are looking for a last resort solution to their back and neck problems. Unfortunately, many of our patients have tried nearly everything to remedy their discomfort and pain, but nothing has worked for them.
When they come see Dr. Fernando Techy, an orthopedic specialist, at our clinic, they are desperate for pain relief, and we strive to serve them with exemplary service and years of surgical experience. After a full physical and spinal assessment, Dr. Techy will diagnose and suggest the next move forward for you. Schedule your spine consultation today. In the meantime, read this post to learn more about the frequently asked questions about lumbar fusion surgery.
What Is Spinal Fusion?
Spinal fusion surgery permanently connects two or more vertebrae within your spine. The surgery is meant to eliminate motion between the two vertebrae, mimicking the natural healing process of bone.
During the spinal fusion, your surgeon will place bone or bone-like material between the vertebrae that will be fused. In some cases, screws, metal plates, and rods may be used to secure the added material so that bone heals properly.
Why Is Spinal Fusion Necessary?
As you read above, spinal fusion permanently connects two or more vertebrae in your spine in an effort to reduce pain, improve stability, and correct deformities. A broken or fractured vertebrae can make your spine unstable, which is the primary reason why you would need spinal fusion surgery. Here are the most common spine problems that can be addressed with spinal fusion:
- Herniated disk
- Spinal instability or weakness
- Spine deformities
- Broken vertebrae
What Is Lumbar Fusion Surgery?
Lumbar fusion surgery is a specific spinal fusion surgery focused on your lower back region. It addresses spinal issues in the lumbar region, fusing vertebrae together to heal vertebrae and stabilize that section of the spine.
What Is Anterior Lumbar Fusion?
Anterior lumbar fusion is spine surgery for the front of the lumbar spine region; it is performed through the abdomen. The surgery addresses spinal issues on the front of the spine and aims to fuse two or more vertebrae together.
What Is Posterior Lumbar Fusion?
Posterior lumbar fusion surgery is spine surgery for the back of the lumbar spine region. The spine is accessed through an incision in the lower back. Two or more vertebrae are then operated on to correct stabilization issues or address deformities.
What Is 360 Lumbar Fusion?
A 360 lumbar fusion surgery is the combination of both an anterior and posterior surgery. Vertical incisions are made in the abdomen and lower back to access the lumbar region of the spine. The doctor then completes the spinal fusion surgery, connecting two or more lumbar vertebrae in the front and back.
What To Expect After Lumbar Surgery
Once your spinal fusion surgery is complete, you will stay in the hospital for two or three days. This duration can vary per patient. Your doctor will advise you on what would be the best choice for your health and the proper healing of your spine.
How Much Pain Is There After Lumbar Surgery?
Patients may experience some discomfort or pain post spinal fusion surgery. Depending on the location of the surgery, the health of the patient, and the severity of the condition being corrected or remedied, the discomfort or pain experienced can vary. In a majority of cases this discomfort or pain can be managed with medication prescribed by your doctor.
Remember to keep an eye out for signs of infection, such as:
- High fever (exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Shaking chills
- Wound weeping or drainage
- Tenderness, redness, and/or swelling
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately and schedule an appointment.
How Much Walking Should Be Done?
Your spinal fusion may take a few months to heal completely. Your doctor may recommend you wear a back brace to protect you and keep your spine aligned until your fusion is completely healed. Physical therapy will be prescribed to help with healing process and to rehab your spine and back post surgery. In any case, walking, sitting, standing, and bending should be kept to a minimum. Follow your doctor’s and physical therapist’s recommendations for movement post surgery closely.