If you have degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, or a spinal fracture, spinal fusion surgery can offer long-term recovery and pain relief. To see if this procedure is right for you, visit orthopedic specialist Dr. Faisal Mahmood at One Oak Medical’s locations in Staten Island, New York and Wayne, Paramus, Middletown, and Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Dr. Mahmood helps men and women recover movement and function to live healthy, pain-free lives. Call today to book an appointment or click to schedule online now.
Spinal fusion surgery is a procedure that permanently connects two or more vertebrae. Fusing together separate bones changes the way your spine moves and can improve symptoms of many back conditions, including:
The surgery mimics the natural healing process of broken bones and helps to create a stronger, solid bone. It also eliminates excess motion and prevents stress on nearby nerves.
At One Oak Medical, Dr. Mahmood offers several spinal fusion techniques, in some cases approaching your spine from the front, in others from the back.
After accessing your spine through an incision, he places bone graft material into the space between the vertebrae that are being joined. The bone graft helps to stimulate healing and bone growth. He may attach plates, screws, or rods to connect the vertebrae around the bone graft material.
You’ll usually stay in the hospital for two to three days after a spinal fusion surgery. It’s normal to experience some pain and discomfort after the procedure, but these symptoms are easily managed with pain medication.
When performed by an expert orthopedic surgeon like Dr. Mahmood, spinal fusion surgery can offer symptom relief and long-term spine health. By correcting the structure of the spine, you can avoid future complications. Combined with non-surgical approaches, this procedure may deliver even better results.
It can take several months for your spine to heal completely after a spinal fusion, and Dr. Mahmood might recommend a brace to help keep your spine aligned during recovery. You may also need to avoid activities or limit your exercise until you’re fully healed.
Your follow-up care might also include physical therapy, which teaches you how to move in a way that keeps the spine in alignment.
To learn more about spinal fusion surgery and to find out if it’s right for you, call One Oak Medical or book a consultation online today.