Patients often come into my office seeking surgical relief from back pain after exhausting all forms of non-operative treatment, including physical therapy, weight loss and interventional physiatry. If they’ve tried those methods, and their back pain is still significantly inhibiting their quality of life, only at that point do we discuss spine surgery.
One such option is lumbar spinal fusion, a surgical treatment for patients with spinal instability or scoliosis. When chosen appropriately, patients who undergo lumbar spinal fusion can experience fairly rapid relief of their back pain. Below, I discuss lumbar spinal fusion—advantages of the surgery, when it is appropriate, and what to expect before and after the procedure.
Patients with neck and back pain may also find the following information helpful:
- Will Laminectomy Relieve Lower Back and Neck Pain?
- How Does an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) Relieve Neck Pain?
- How Do Epidural Steroid Injections Relieve Back and Neck Pain?
- How Does Spinal Cord Stimulation Treat Lower Back Pain?
- Will Radiofrequency Ablation Treat Lower Back Pain?
- Lower Back Pain: What is the Difference Between Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty?
About the Author: Theodore Koreckij, M.D. is a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the spine, including adult degenerative disorders and conditions associated with metastatic disease.
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