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Lumbar Fusion Quick Facts

How It Works:

  • Lumbar (lower back) fusion lasts about 1-2 hours
  • Bone graft material is inserted into a removed or partially removed disc to create stability
  • The bone graft hardens and creates a bridge, or “fuses” between vertebrae
  • Metal implants may be used to hold the vertebrae together until the bone graft is fully fused
  • Can be performed alone or in combination with another surgery to successfully eliminate pain

Types of Conditions:

  • Lumbar Herniated Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease

We offer over 5 types of Lumbar Spinal Fusions

Recovery Time*

8-12 weeks

* All recovery periods vary depending on the person or severity of the condition.

Is Lumbar Fusion Right for Me?

Lumbar fusion can help to relieve chronic pain in your lower back, when more conservative, non-surgical treatments fail to provide relief. Lumbar fusion may be recommended for patients suffering from:

  • Spondylolisthesis, a condition that occurs when one vertebra slips forward over another;
  • Spinal instability, as a result of degenerative spinal diseases;
  • Spinal deformity;
  • Vertebral fractures

At Q Spine Institute, we typically perform lumbar fusion alongside procedures like a discectomy (disc removal), or after laminectomy or foraminotomy, in which portions of the spine bone are removed.

The technique for performing a lumbar fusion is dependent on the patient and their specific needs.

In lumbar fusion, an incision is made over the lower part of the spine. A bone graft is then inserted between the vertebrae, and screws or rods are implanted to keep the spine stable. The bone graft material will fuse with your spine’s vertebrae over a period of a few months.

Am I a Candidate for Lumbar Fusion?

Spinal fusion procedures have been well-established, and we generally only recommend the procedure to Q Spine patients when it’s considered necessary to relieve symptoms that cannot be treated with conservative methods.

Most procedures involve a hospital stay of a few days to ensure that the surgically treated area has a chance to begin healing. During the recovery period, you may be prescribed pain medication to relieve any discomfort.

Physical therapy is recommended to help restore your strength and flexibility, and intense physical activity is restricted for several weeks after the procedure. It can take several months for the bone grafts to completely fuse with the rest of your spine.

If you have any questions about lumbar fusion or would like to consult with Dr. Q and the Q Spine Institute on your conditions, contact us today!

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