Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for doctor visits. A frequent cause is cartilage damage in the lumbar region – the lower portion of the spine – that occurs with age. Spinal fusion may be recommended if more conservative treatments, including physical therapy or medication, don’t bring relief.
Spinal fusion surgery fuses the bones together permanently. This can be accomplished in several different ways. Bone graft material can be placed over the spine or between the vertebrae or a special cage can be packed with the material and inserted between the vertebrae.
The graft may come from different places, including another body part (usually the pelvic bone), from a bone bank or is made from a synthetic bone substitute. Rods and screws may be required for additional support.
At PinnacleHealth, we can also perform spinal fusion surgery using minimally invasive techniques and the daVinci Si Robotic surgery system.