The Spine Center, located in Pine Ridge and serving communities throughout Chicago, is dedicated to providing the best results possible for our patients. In medicine, no two cases are identical, even if both patients have the same diagnosis. Every body is different, and every medical occurrence is unique. Therefore, we take a very individualized approach to spinal treatment.
SPINAL FUSION VARIATIONS
The first step is an examination, discussion, and necessary diagnostics. Once the underlying cause of your symptoms has been determined, we will explain available treatment options. If Lumbar spinal fusion is recommended, your surgeon will explain the technique to be used. Depending on the situation, your surgeon may choose:
- Posterior spinal fusion – This is a common method of spinal fusion, in which the incision is located directly to the rear of the spine. It gives the surgeon direct access, while allowing for minimally invasive techniques.
- Anterior spinal fusion – An incision, about three to five inches in length, is created in the abdominal area. The incision is normally located just above or to the side of the stomach.
- Lateral spinal fusion – This technique involves a tiny incision, giving the surgeon access to vertebra from the side. This method gives the surgeon access the spine, while avoiding major back muscles.
BENEFITS OF SPINAL FUSION
Although techniques vary, all forms of spinal fusion have the same basic goal. The procedure reduces pressure on nerve roots and spinal cord, relieving pain, weakness, numbness, and other back problems. It may be recommended for patients with spinal damage from degenerative arthritis, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and more.
During the surgery, diseased tissue is removed and replaced with a graft or implant. As the bone heals, it fuses with the implanted material, restoring spinal support. Call The Spine Center at (847) 628-8147 for further information or to schedule an appointment.