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Lumbar Pedicle Screw Fixation Quick Facts

How It Works:

  • Surgery is performed with minimally invasive techniques
  • A fluoroscopy (X-ray) is used for better visualization
  • The area of the spine requiring fusion is identified
  • A small probe is inserted into small incision
  • A tiny guide wire is passed through the probe
  • Pedicle screws are then guided along the wires and placed along the vertebrae
  • Once the screws are in place, they are connected to each other with small rods
  • Bone graft is placed over the screws and rods for a full fusion

Typical Conditions:

  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spinal Stenosis

A minimally invasive solution to traditional spinal fusions

Recovery Time*

8-12 weeks

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

Is Lumbar Pedicle Screw Fixation Right for Me?

There are several reasons that you might experience instability of the spine, including degenerative disease, trauma, or cancer. The decreased stability can cause a number of different complications, and the integrity of your spine is compromised. The condition can also cause pain during normal, everyday activities.

When conservative treatments like physical therapy or medication fail to provide relief or stability to the spinal region, the structural integrity of the spine can be restored through a stabilization surgery.

Lumbar pedicle screw fixation is a procedure intended to eliminate movement across the unstable portion of the spine and relieve pain. Fixation provides you with immediate stability, by inserting metallic pedicle screws into the spine segments, which are then connected by metallic rods. Long-term stability is achieved through the fusion of these segments.

Am I a Candidate for Lumbar Pedicle Screw Fixation?

When treatments like medication and physical therapy are not enough to help provide stability to the spinal column, your doctor might recommend a lumbar pedicle screw fixation procedure.

Q Spine Institute patients can expect to spend two to three days in the hospital for the procedure. Pain medication is administered following the surgery, along with physical therapy to help you return to their normal daily activities.

Strenuous activity is to be avoided in the four to six weeks following the procedure, then increased depending on your tolerance. Physical therapy and patient evaluations are a part of the follow up for this procedure, to monitor the progression of bone fusion.

If you have any questions about lumbar pedicle screw fixation or your spinal condition, make an appointment with Dr. Q and the Q Spine Institute today! We look forward to helping you.

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