What is lumbar spine fusion?

  • When 2 adjacent vertebrae are fixed with artificial screws to reduce their movement, it is called as lumbar spine fusion
  • Fusion is indicated when there is abnormal movement between these 2 bones
  • Excessive movement can lead to significant back pain
  • In some patients it also leads to leg pain
  • In some patients there is significant reduction in standing time and walking distance
  • Sitting and lying down is comfortable but any other movement leads to pain
  • Spine fusion helps in reducing this abnormal movement
  • Fusion is always accompanied by decompression reducing the leg pain
  • Lumbar spine fusion helps in improving standing time and walking distance of patient
  • Right indication is the key factor in the result of surgery
  • With right indication and good postop physiotherapy, the result of surgery is very good improving patients lifestyle significantly

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