Spine fusions are one of the oldest, most common, and effective spine surgeries. Jorge Isaza, MD, and the team at Spine Specialists of Louisiana have performed safe and successful spine fusions for more than 20 years. As an expert in spine surgery, Dr. Isaza works with biomedical engineers to create more durable and less invasive methods for spine fusions. If you struggle with back or neck pain and you’d like to know if a spine fusion can help you, call the office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, or schedule an appointment online.

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What is a spine fusion?

A spine fusion is a surgical procedure to attach two or more adjoining vertebrae. When a spine condition or injury damages the vertebrae or spinal discs, a fusion restores stability and relieves your pain.

The team at Spine Specialists of Louisiana connects two vertebrae by inserting a bone graft between them. The graft promotes new bone growth, which allows the two vertebrae to develop into one strong bone.

Though spine fusion stops movement between the affected vertebrae, it involves only a small portion of your spine. As a result, this procedure has a minimal impact on your ability to move. In fact, your overall mobility improves as your spine regains strength.

When might I need a spine fusion?

The team at Spine Specialists of Louisiana often performs a spine fusion to treat conditions affecting the cervical and lumbar spine, including:

  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal fracture
  • Spinal tumor
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal infection
  • Degenerative disc disease

In many cases, spine fusion is performed after a minimally invasive procedure to repair another spine condition, such as a damaged disc.

Will I have a minimally invasive spine fusion?

Whenever possible, Dr. Isaza and the team at Spine Specialists of Louisiana use minimally invasive techniques to perform spine fusions, including endoscopic spine surgery.

Minimally invasive surgery requires only a few small incisions. Then Dr. Isaza inserts an endoscope in one incision and narrow surgical instruments through another incision.

When you have endoscopic spine surgery, you have less pain and bleeding. Additionally, Dr. Isaza gently moves your muscles and soft tissues rather than cutting through them. As a result, your recovery is quicker.

What happens during a spine fusion?

During a cervical or lumbar spine fusion, Dr. Isaza removes the existing disc and replaces it with a bone graft. Bone grafts may consist of bone, but the team at Spine Specialists of Louisiana typically uses advanced materials, such as a specially designed titanium cage.

The cage contains materials that promote bone growth. After Dr. Isaza inserts the cage, the two vertebrae grow through the cage, fusing into one bone.

If you need help with back or neck pain, or you have questions about spine fusion, call Spine Specialists of Louisiana or book an appointment online.