Spinal fusion surgery comes in many forms: lumbar spinal fusion, cervical spinal fusion, and PLIFs just to name a few. They are all designed to help limit pain caused by the joints, though each surgery is different depending on whether you are trying to treat degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, or another condition. Knowing your spinal fusion options can go a long way toward alleviating your back pain.

In a spinal fusion, a bone graft and/or bone graft substitute is needed for the solid bridge to form between two vertebral segments to stop the movement in that section of the spine.

In spinal fusion surgery, the bone graft is the material that is used to form the bridge between two vertebral segments in the spine to obtain the fusion.

There are a variety of bone graft substitutes that are available or being investigated for use in spine fusion surgery.

Bone stimulators are optional medical devices or solutions used to enhance bone growth after spine fusion surgeries. 

Description of XLIF Surgery from finding a trustworthy Spine Surgeon to understanding to expect when having the XLIF Spinal Fusion Surgery.

One of the main differences between a posterolateral fusion vs. an interbody fusion is where the bone graft is laid in the spine to form the fusion.

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