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What is the alternative to spinal fusion?

What is the alternative to spinal fusion?

Currently, the main fusion alternatives include: IDET. or Intradiscal electrothermal coagulation (or annuloplasty). This procedure involves inserting a needle into the lumbar disc space, passing a catheter through the needle, and heating up the annulus (the outer core of the disc space).

What kind of surgery is needed for L5 S1 fusion?

Therefore, L5 S1 fusion surgery involves the surgical removal of the L5/S1 disc and fusing the L5 and S1 spinal bones together. Different surgical techniques and approaches exist. PLIF, posterior lumbar interbody fusion is a case in point that has been reviewed in detail in a prior blog.

What kind of pain does L5 S1 fusion cause?

L5 S1 fusion is major surgery whereby the L5/S1 disc is removed and the L5 and S1 spinal bones are stabilized by hardware. Indications for L5 S1 fusion are debilitating pain and dysfunction arising from degenerative disc disease, slipped disc, fractures, recurrent herniations, sciatica, scoliosis, and spinal canal narrowing.

How are S1 and L5 vertebrae fused together?

Lumbar interbody fusion: A degenerated disc is removed and L5-S1 vertebrae are fused together with implants or bone grafts. While performing a fusion surgery, the spinal fixation of the S1 segment usually presents a greater risk of failure (pseudarthrosis) compared to L5.

What kind of spinal fusion is L4 L5?

I had spinal fusion L4-L5 C1, laminectomy for denegerated disk, spondylosis, lumbar spinal stenosis. I had hypermobility at the L4-L5 region.

What is the success rate of back fusion surgery?

There are several types of spine surgery. The most common are fusion, discectomy and laminectomy . Fusion has a success rate of 98 percent, the discectomy success rate is 90 percent and the laminectomy success rate is 80 percent.

What is the recovery time for back fusion surgery?

Complete Recovery at 1 to 2 Years. Complete recovery from spinal fusion surgery usually takes up to 8 months, with the bone continuing to evolve for 12 to 18 months.

What causes pain in the L5 S1?

Compression or inflammation of the L5 and/or S1 spinal nerve root may cause radiculopathy symptoms or sciatica, characterized by: Pain, generally felt as a sharp, shooting, and/or searing feeling in the buttock, thigh, leg, foot, and/or toes Numbness in the foot and/or toes Weakness in the leg and/or foot muscles and an inability to lift the foot off the floor (foot drop)

What is the recovery time from spinal fusion surgery?

Spinal Fusion Recovery Time. Most people are able to return home from the hospital about 2 to 4 days after lumbar spinal fusion surgery (if there are other people at home).