Unstable bones (vertebrae) in your spine can cause crippling pain and limit what you can do. At Integrity Spine & Orthopedics, our orthopedic specialists offer minimally invasive spine fusion to treat the root cause of back and neck pain. We can determine if you’re a candidate for this surgery to treat spinal stenosis, fractures, and other causes of spinal instability. Call our office in Jacksonville, Florida, to schedule a spine fusion consultation or book an appointment online today.
Spine fusion is surgery to stabilize damaged vertebrae in your spine that contribute to ongoing back or neck pain. Often, the constant movement of these small bones causes continuous pain and other symptoms that affect your back and neck.
The goal of spine fusion surgery is to bind together (fuse) two or more damaged or unstable vertebrae into a solid structure. This fusion limits spinal movements and increases stability in your spine to ease pain and prevent additional spine damage.
Spine fusion is usually a last resort for treating painful spine conditions that can’t be treated with nonsurgical therapies.
At Integrity Spine & Orthopedics, our team may recommend spine fusion to treat severe pain or mobility problems that result from:
You might also benefit from spine fusion if you have osteoporosis. This progressive disease causes your bones to become weak and brittle. Osteoporosis increases your risk of painful fractures and spinal deformities.
After a physical exam and diagnostic imaging, our team will determine if spine fusion is right for you. Before suggesting surgery, we may recommend nonsurgical treatments like corticosteroid injections and physical therapy.
Our orthopedic surgeons offer minimally invasive lumbar and cervical spine fusion surgeries. Consequently, we can access damaged vertebrae through small incisions in your spine to minimize pain, bleeding, and infection risk.
During the procedure, we may take an anterior approach, accessing your vertebrae through the front of your body. We can also take a posterior approach by making incisions in your back or a lateral approach, accessing your spine from the side of your body.
To fuse your vertebrae, we take bone material from another area of your body or use donor material to create a bone graft. We hold the graft in place with screws, rods, or plates, and it ultimately fuses to your natural bone to stabilize your spine.
After spine fusion surgery, our team helps you manage your pain and ensures that your incisions are healing. In the weeks after your procedure, we could refer you for physical therapy to restore your mobility and strengthen the muscles that support your spine.
Call Integrity Spine & Orthopedics or book an appointment online today to learn if you’re a candidate for spine fusion.