Lower back pain is one of the most prevalent and economically costly health issues in the U.S. affecting almost 80% of people at some point in their lives.
Lumbar fusion surgery is performed to alleviate a host of lower back problems including spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, herniated disc and nerve compression related to lower back pain.
During lumbar fusion surgery, two or more vertebrae in the lower spine are fused together. A bone graft is placed in between the vertebrae to join them to one another, creating a stronger and more stable spine. State-of-the-art screws, rods and specially-designed spacers are used to allow the bones to grow and fuse together over time.
In the past, a lumbar fusion required larger incisions, cutting through healthy muscle to allow the surgeon a better view of the spinal column. With minimally invasive lumbar fusion, a small tube is inserted through the skin and muscle fibers. The surgeon then makes use of advanced surgical instruments to perform the complete procedure through the tube, thus avoiding a large opening and scar.
As a result, patients experience:
Minimally invasive lumbar fusion surgery relieves back pain by bypassing injuries and trauma to the soft tissue surrounding the spine and involves decreased scarring and post-surgical discomfort.
“The facilities here are excellent, and all the equipment is kept up-to-date, it’s unbelievable,” says Matthew. “When I would go in for an appointment and have an x-ray taken, they would come back with a tablet just seconds after having the x-ray, and show me exactly what’s going on, down to the last detail of how the bone is fusing. It was just incredible.”