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.

The risks involved in ETDIF are similar to other fusion procedures, including pseudarthrosis, inflection, blood clots, and nerve damage.

Spinal fusion is indicated for the treatment of a large variety of spine problems. A common reason to perform spinal fusion is disc-related back pain, often referred to as degenerative disc disease.
There are several reasons a spinal fusion may fail to alleviate back pain after surgery, including failure to obtain a solid fusion, implant failure and transfer lesions.

A short hospital stay after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery is intended to help patients prepare for recovery at home. Learn what patients can expect during post-operative hospital-based care.


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