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New Spine Fusion Procedure

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  • Looks like it would be the way to go if someone was a candidate. They can't do decompression during this fusion surgery so only certain people would fit that and I probably would not be one of them. I also have mild spinal stenosis. Generally when my back goes out I need decompression and the doctor also removes some bone to make more room in there so this fusion would not work for me in the future. Wouldn't it be more for people with discs that are degenerating and causing pain but not herniated and pressing on the nerves and also not causing compression of the nerves? Just my guess.
  • If you read the article it says...

    "Working on the lowest part of Hermann's spine, surgeons removed the center of a diseased disc and replaced it with bone growth material. Then, with a half-inch incision in her back, they add screws that fuse the disc space and stabilize the area. After a little more than an hour, the surgery is over. The operation lasted about a third of the time of conventional spine fusion surgery."

    If you are just adding screws, is that considered "Fusing"? I know they are putting BMP where the discs are but it doesn't saying anything about putting bone over the srews and rods. Actually it doesn't even say they are using rods, so is this kind of a half microdisectomy half fusion?
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