Minimally invasive spine fusions are used to correct a number of spinal problems. They are only used if other non-surgical methods have failed in relieving pain.
By joining bone with bone graft or other artificial material, the fusion process “tricks” the body into thinking it has a fracture. Once completed, the spinal fusion process has many effects: new bone grows around the bone graft spacer; the vertebrae join/fuse together; spine stability increases; and pain in the spine area is reduced.
Performed by themselves, spinal fusions are used to treat:
Spinal fusions can also be performed in combination with, or after other surgeries, such as ALIF and ACDF. Used in conjunction with other procedures, fusions are used to treat procedures including: