Spinal Fusion

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that involves joining together spinal vertebrae (bones) to prevent any movement between the joined vertebrae. The fusion is permanent and is intended to minimize existing back pain in that area of the spine. Dr. Rajesh Bindal is an experienced neurosurgeon in Sugar Land TX who performs spinal fusion surgery. If you are experiencing persistent back pain, Dr. Rajesh Bindal can help determine if spinal fusion is right for you.

Reasons for Spinal Fusion

Spinal fusion is a delicate surgery. It is performed when a patient has been suffering with persistent back pain for an extended time and has not achieved relief through other nonsurgical treatment methods. Spinal fusion can potentially help ease the discomfort associated with several different conditions, including:

  • Arthritis in the spinal area
  • Fractured spinal bones
  • Scoliosis and other abnormal curvatures of the spine
  • A weakened spine due to an infection or the presence of tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis (occurs when one vertebra slips onto the vertebra below it)

Spinal Fusion Procedure in Sugar Land TX

When a particular area of the spine has been injured or damaged, movements of the vertebrae in that area can cause pain. A spinal fusion is performed in order to inhibit movement at the specific joint where the pain is felt. When the movement is stopped, the pain should diminish.

To perform a spinal fusion, two or more vertebrae are fused together. A bone graft is often used to join the vertebrae, but metal implants can also be used. In either case, new bone eventually grows between the joined vertebrae and permanently secures the vertebrae together. Once fused together, there will be no more movement between those vertebrae as they have essentially become a single vertebra.

Spinal fusion surgery usually takes several hours to complete. You can expect to remain in the hospital for several days afterward. Some patients can benefit from wearing a back brace at home during their recovery from the surgery. Rehabilitation exercises recommended by your surgeon or physical therapist can help you recover from spinal fusion surgery more easily.

If you have been suffering with long-term persistent back pain due to an injury or other spinal condition, spinal fusion can potentially provide relief from the chronic pain and discomfort. To find out if the procedure can work for you, schedule a consultation with Texas Spine And Neurosurgery Center by calling (281) 313-0031

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