All you need to know about Spinal Fusion

In a very short span of time, technology has advanced to such a degree that many of the ailments of the back, that were earlier not even been able to be diagnosed, are now being treated as an outpatient. Especially with the advent of minimally invasive surgery, the scope of the procedures have become so vast that almost several ailments are easily treatable. At Navaladi Endospine Care, the professionals are constantly upping the ante, when it comes to the level of care that can be given, there are no stops to the process of better care giving.

There a several types of back injuries and pain, and surgery is not the first solution in the line of treatment. Back injuries are fixable for the most part by therapeutic treatment and by regular physiotherapy as there is tremendous scope for improvement by these techniques in themselves. Injuries beyond the scope of therapy get the surgical alternative.

There are several techniques suggested and among them is Spinal Fusion. We now need to see if spinal fusion is applicable for which conditions. We will also study the effectiveness of Spinal Fusion for a series of ailments. But firstly let us be in the clear as to what Spinal Fusion is.

When small bones in the vertebral column move out of place as a result of accident or as a result of conditions like scoliosis, they may result in severe mobility issues, chronic pain and other comorbidities as a result of these issues. Furthermore, the instability caused by the movement of these small bones may lead to several other complications over time. Spinal fusion is done wherein the small bones are fused together, so that unwieldy movements that cause distress are stopped, and as a result of the fusion, the bones inherently become stronger and more stable. By using bone grafts, the surgeons can fuse the moving bones together, and then the body is motivated to heal itself. Which it will. Bones will automatically fuse and become more stable over time as a result of the bone grafts on spinal fusion.

Here’s a list of medical conditions that are commonly treated by Spinal Fusion. Pars-fracture, Spinal fractures and instability, Retrolesthesis, Spondylolisthesis, egenerative Disc Disease, Scheuermann’s Disease, Anterolesthesis, Scoliosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Infections and Tumours.

In most of the above mentioned conditions, conservative treatment prescribes that the patient is suggested targeted physiotherapy and lots of rest, with modified dietary plans, upon early detection of symptoms. However upon consultation the experts at Navaladi Endospine Care will assess how far gone the conditions are for the patient to undergo therapy or assess the validity of surgery for the patient. With a lot of calculation and conversations with the patient, study of habits and lifestyle, the Experts will suggest Spinal fusion as the decided alternative.

The surgery itself is done under general anesthesia and involves deploying bone grafts on the affected areas to help the regeneration and fusion process. The entire procedure is minimally invasive and does not require conventional cutting, drain bags and so on. There is very little exposure and the tools and the grafts are sent in through the endoscope. The recovery process is also very short compared to conventional surgery.

While the rate of recovery differs from patient to patient, and the level of pain medication is also prescribed on a case to case basis. In the same token, return to rigorous physical activity will vary from patient to patient, and the doctor will ascertain when the patient is ready to return to normal activity. However, even after the return to normalcy, the patient will have to come in for regular checks to determine whether the bone regrowth over the graft is progressing at a satisfactory pace. Normally consultations go over the course of a year. However, the first positive signs of healing will be visible in a normal duration of six weeks after the procedure.

Spinal Fusion at Navaladi Endospine Care will mean the return to normalcy, and is a no brainer when faced with what is usually a life crippling and chronically painful conditions.