I'm a little confused with what's going on with me and would like some help, if any! I was involved in a car accident back in January, fractured my L4 vertebra. They said that I would have to have surgery to prevent paralysis, so that's exactly what I did. They put rods in from L3-L5, my surgeon told me that they didn't touch my discs and that the rods ca come out this November after my bone heals. He said that he didn't place any bone graft in my back and that I don't have a fusion... I asked him once the rods come out if I'll have normal extension and flexion in that area, he said yes. So I'm a little confused with what type of surgery I have. Is it possible for them to just go in and stabilize the section to allow proper bone healing of the fractured area and once that healing has occurred the rods can come out as of nothing was there to begin with? Help, please. I'd really like some ease of mind.
My understanding of a fusion is joining vertebrae together to make one solid bone, but if my disc are in place and he didn't take anything out or put bone graft in, would it still be consider a fusion because the rods are immobilizing a part of the spine?