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Confusion about Spinal Fusion, Spine Fusion, Spine Fusion Surgery, Back Fusion Surgery, Back Surgery

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Spinal Fusion is used to treat spinal instability and alleviate chronic mechanical back pain but many people are unsure of what spinal fusion actually does.  Spinal fusion is surgery to permanently connect two or more vertebrae in your spine, eliminating motion between them.

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Spinal fusion involves many techniques designed to mimic the normal healing process of broken bones. During spinal fusion, your surgeon places bone or a bone-like material within the space between two spinal vertebrae. Metal plates, screws and rods may be used to hold the vertebrae all together, so they can heal into one solid unit.

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Because spinal fusion surgery immobilizes parts of your spine, it changes the way your spine can move. This places additional stress and strain on the vertebrae above and below the fused portion, and may increase the rate at which those areas of your spine degenerate.

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English: Cervical spine MRI with enhancement showing multiple sclerosis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A full and accurate diagnosis that starts and begins with your full medical history and physical and neurological examinations.  You and your doctor discuss your symptoms, when they developed, and treatment tried.  The doctor tests your reflexes and evaluates you for muscle weakness, loss of feeling, and signs of neurological injury.

A simple x-ray can help to rule out many different health problems.  Other diagnostic imaging studies may also include a CT or MRI series.  A MRI study is of particular use to assess nerve and/or spinal canal (cord) compression.  Your doctor from our group will explain the purpose of these and other tests about your spine pain, back pain or possible spine or back surgery.

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