Spinal Fusion Surgery

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Doctor checking spine Of the 206 bones in the human skeleton, 33 comprise the spine. The spine is a critical component of the human musculoskeletal system. Not only does it connect and support the muscles, but it is also what allows the body to perform a full range of motion. Whenever the spine sustains an injury or develops a deformity, such as scoliosis or a herniated disk, it is no longer able to function correctly. Spinal fusion surgery is one method that can be used to repair the spine and return the body to a near, if not complete, level of operation. As with any type of surgery, there are inherent risks associated with the process of spinal fusion. Understanding how it works, what it is used to correct, and the nature of the recovery process can help you determine whether spinal fusion is the right choice for you.

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The Spine

The spine is a critical part of the musculoskeletal system. It consists of three sections, or segments, called the cervical spine, the thoracic spine, and the lumbar spine. The spine itself is comprised of stacked bones called vertebrae. The vertebrae stretch from the base of the skull to the tailbone and protect the spinal cord, which contains nerves that transport messages from the brain throughout the body. The natural curves of the spine facilitate movement in the body. Injuries to the spine or irregularities in its development can negatively affect posture and balance. Fortunately, these can often be corrected through either chiropractic sessions or a medical procedure, such as spinal fusion surgery.

In the event that a life-altering injury renders spinal fusion surgery necessary, an individual might be eligible to receive legal compensation for their injuries. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of aggressive, tenacious, and determined Buffalo injury attorneys are fully prepared to represent you. Do not hesitate to reach out today at 716-839-3939 or by visiting us online – YOU are always our priority!

What Is Spinal Fusion Surgery?

A patient might elect to do a spinal fusion surgery in order to repair existing injuries or deformities in the spine. In this type of surgery, several of the vertebrae are fused together in an effort to restrict the movements that were previously causing pain or simply to strengthen weaker parts of the body. While a patient is unconscious, a bone graft is taken from the pelvis bone or from a donor and placed on two vertebrae. Metal pegs or plates are then used to keep the vertebrae in place during the healing process. The ultimate purpose of the surgery is to encourage the body to heal the vertebrae as it would a broken bone, resulting in a correction of the existing affliction in the spine.

Generally, patients who undergo spinal fusion surgery only need to remain in the hospital a few days following their operation. On average, broken bones need two months to heal fully, so a complete recovery after spinal fusion surgery might require several months. Physical therapy is often recommended to help individuals to re-learn how to maintain good posture and develop sufficient strength to keep the muscles in the back strong enough to support the spine.



Purpose Of Spinal Fusion Surgery

As a popular treatment method, the percentage of spinal fusion surgeries have almost tripled, leaping from 32% to almost 80% in just ten years. The highest numbers of surgeries were to correct scoliosis and spondylolisthesis, two common deformities of the spine. Spinal fusion surgery can be used on a number of conditions affecting the spine, including:

  1. Deformities: Scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, kyphosis, and lordosis are three known deformities of the spine. Scoliosis occurs when the spine fails to grow straight and instead curves to the side. Spondylolisthesis is an affliction of the spine that arises when the vertebrae of the spine shift irregularly. Kyphosis, sometimes known as a dowager’s hump, is a curving of the upper spine most often seen in older women. Lordosis is when the lowest part of the spine curls inward, resulting in a severe curve.
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  3. Weakness or Pain: Sometimes, arthritis can lead to abnormal movement between the vertebrae of the spine. Fusing the vertebrae can help to reduce the pain caused by this overextension.
  4. Herniated Disk: This occurs when the disks of the spine slip or rupture, moving out of their normal place to press painfully on nearby nerves. In the event of a herniated disk, a doctor might recommend spinal fusion to repair the injury.

Regarded to be a Best Lawyer of America, Jed Dietrich, Esq. has accumulated decades’ worth of experience in personal injury law and is prepared to represent injured individuals who required spinal fusion surgeries. Call today at 716-839-3939 or contact us online to begin the process – you will never be charged a fee until we secure you a win!

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