What You Need to Know About Spinal Fusion Surgery
The 33 bones that make up the human spine are arguably the most important in the body. The spine serves as a pillar to support the body's weight and makes all movement possible. When something goes wrong with the spine, everyday tasks and movements such as sitting up straight, bending over, picking up objects, walking, twisting and moving your neck can become extremely difficult or painful. Ultimately, quality of life can suffer.
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to correct problems with the lower back. It “welds” or fuses together two or more vertebrae so that they heal into a single, solid bone to restore function. At the offices of Manhattan Orthopedic Spine PLLC, our team of orthopedists is highly skilled in performing spinal fusion surgery to free you from painful motion and to restore spinal stability.
Careful consultation with your orthopedic surgeon will determine if spinal fusion is an option for you, but it has been proven to relieve symptoms of many back problems including degenerative disk disease, spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spaces within the spine), scoliosis (sideways curvature of the spine), slipped or ruptured spinal disks, and other conditions.
In the weeks following spinal fusion surgery, your symptoms will gradually improve, as will your activity level. Your orthopedic surgeon will talk with you about whether physical therapy is needed in your case, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle and following the doctor's instructions will greatly increase your chances for a successful outcome — so you can resume your normal activities and live a pain-free lifestyle.
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At the office of Manhattan Orthopedic Spine PLLC, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate orthopedic care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.