Spinal Fusion Procedure
About Spinal FusionSpinal fusion is a surgical procedure in which two vertebrae are fused together to increase stability and prevent damage. This surgery can relieve the pain associated with spinal fractures or disc problems, and it can alleviate pressure put on the spinal nerves by misalignment or other spinal problems. The spinal surgeons at miVIP Surgery Centers have helped many patients enjoy a better quality of life with minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery.
In the past, spinal fusion was an open surgery that introduced the risk of various complications. Today, at miVIP, surgeons can perform minimally invasive spinal surgery that reduces those risks while giving patients a less painful recovery. Through the use of tools like miniaturized surgical instruments, we can increase the accuracy of the procedure while limiting its invasiveness.
How is the Surgery Performed?Minimally invasive spinal surgery is performed under anesthesia. The spinal surgeon makes small incisions along the spine and carefully moves muscle tissue out of the way to gain access the spinal column. The surgeon uses a fiber-optic camera, called an endoscope, to see. Tiny instruments are used to perform the procedure and limit damage to surrounding tissue.
During the actual fusion, a graft material is placed between the bones, supporting them and preventing slipping or flexing. Bone substitutes or actual bone tissue may be used as a grafting material. Titanium rods and screws may also be placed to support the bone during healing.
The Surgeons at miVIPThe spinal fusion surgeons at miVIP are experts with top credentials. Many of our surgeons continue to contribute to their fields through researching, teaching, or acting as guest lecturers at locations around the world. miVIP surgeons use the most advanced techniques available to deliver successful outcomes and mitigate some of the risks that are inherent in surgery.
What to Expect After the ProcedurePeople who undergo any kind of spinal surgery should expect a slow recovery period. Even minimally invasive spinal surgery to fuse the spine will have a healing period that last months, because bone grows very slowly. Patients should expect some discomfort after the procedure and plan on reduced levels of physical activity. A rehabilitation program can help patients recover and work up to light, less strenuous activities.
Cost of ProcedureIt is important to find out the specifics of your insurance coverage when you are preparing for spinal fusion surgery. Some providers may place limits on coverage or require that various criteria be met first.
The cost of minimally invasive spinal surgery can be different for each patient. Some people may require fusion in more than one part of the spine, while other people may require additional surgery, such as spinal decompression, at the same time.