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.

Posterolateral gutter fusion surgery, which involves placing bone graft in the posterolateral portion of the spine (a region just outside the spine), is the gold standard for obtaining a spinal fusion.

The healing process after ETDIF surgery can take up to 12 months. Learn about the various components of proper postoperative care.

The recovery after a multilevel spinal fusion depends on the type and extent of surgery, the number of levels fused, and the patient’s age and general health. Complete recovery from a spinal fusion surgery usually takes up to 6-9 months, with the fusion process continuing to evolve for 12 to 18 months.

Recovering from sacroiliac joint fusion surgery can take up to 6 months and patients can utilize several pain management techniques to help control pain.