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.

One of the most difficult and crucial parts of any type of spinal fusion is selecting the patients who will do well with a certain procedure.

Spinal fusion is designed to stop the motion at the segment of the spine that is the cause of the patient's pain.

The newer spine fusion surgery techniques allow for improved fusion rates, shorter hospital stays, and a more active and rapid recovery period.

There are several types of spinal fusion techniques, including the PLIF, ALIF, TLIF, and XLIF, among others. This article goes over the different procedures.

The immediate surgical risks of a multilevel surgery include adverse events such as excessive blood loss or nerve damage. As the fusion heals, loss of segmental stability, infection, and/or fusion failure may occur in some patients.


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