Spinal Fusion: Exploring the Process
Sometimes the surgery is done to join two vertebrae and sometimes to join even more. If you have any of the following conditions, your spine doctors in OKC can suggest you to get the surgery done:
How major a surgery spinal fusion is?
Since your spine gets operated on, spinal fusion can be a major surgery. However, nowadays many spine surgeons in OKC are performing minimal invasive techniques. If you are having excruciating pain due to the spinal issue you have, spinal fusion can give you relief. Once you are ready for the surgery, your doctor will perform the following steps of you:
- The first step is to make an incision to start the process. Different spine surgeons choose different methods. While some doctors prefer to make an incision from the front part of your body through your abdomen, your doctor may want to make a direct incision on your spine. Some doctor may also prefer to make an incision from the side of the body and make their way through your ribcage. But do not worry, because you will be put under anesthesia.
- Next step is the bone grafting step. Bone graft is an absolute necessity in spinal fusion surgery. Your doctor will decide what type of bone grafting you need. It can be your own bone or it can be the bone of a donor or it can be a synthetic material that will allow your own bone to fuse. If your own bone is being used in the surgery, it will be taken from your pelvic area.
The Recovery Time:
Any surgery can be scary especially if you do not know the recovery time required after the surgery is done. There is no particular timeframe that you can think of when you have undergone a spinal fusion. There are many factors that play a role in your recovery.
The type of incision made, the number of vertebrae that have been fused, your own health, post-surgery complications, etc. can change the recovery time significantly. Your spine doctor will guide you with the aftercare process so that you heal faster. If you are suffering from backpain, see Dr. Bridger Cox today and get treated.
**Disclaimer: This content is not a medical consultation and also it does not suggest any doctor-patient relationship.
Originally published at https://bridgercoxmd.com on March 16, 2022.