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When conservative attempts have not relieved the pain associated with back injury, a surgical solution is typically the next step. Spinal fusion is a surgical technique in which one or more of the vertebrae of the spine are fixed together to eliminate motion.

Spinal fusion surgery is used to address vertebral fracture, instability and the pain associated with unwanted motion. The surgery involves placement of a bone graft between the vertebrae. It may be placed either in the front or back of the spine with the objective of creating a solid union between the vertebrae. Occasionally, plates and screws are used during surgery to encourage the bone graft healing.

Many surgeons prescribe braces as part of the early post operative protocol. The decision to use a brace is dependent on your surgeon’s preference.
The success rate of spinal fusion surgery is approximately 80%. There are a number of factors which contribute to the failure rate, not least of which is the inability of the bone to fuse or heal.Due to the inherent shortcomings of spinal fusion surgeons are looking to alternate surgical procedures. Disc replacement is an area of great interest. The purpose of artificial disc replacement is to replace the worn out disc, while preserving the motion at the operated spinal level. Artificial disc replacement surgery is experimental and has not been approved for use in the United States.


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