Spinal Fusion in Orange County
What Is Spinal Fusion?
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to correct problems with the
bones (vertebrae) of the back (spine). The spine is stabilized by fusing
together two or more vertebrae, using bone grafts and metal rods and screws.
A number of problems can be treated with spinal fusion, such as:
- Injuries to spinal vertebrae
- Abnormal curvatures of the spine such as scoliosis or kyphosis
- Weak or unstable spine caused by infections or tumors
- Protrusion and degeneration of the cushioning disk between vertebrae (ex:
Spinal fusion surgery is designed to eliminate motion between vertebral
segments, which can be a significant source of pain. The surgery also
stops progress of spinal deformity, such as scoliosis. Most spinal fusions
involve only small segments of the spine and do not significantly limit motion.
About the Spinal Fusion Surgery Process
There are many approaches to spinal fusion surgery; all involve adding
bone graft to an area of the spine to set up a biological response that
causes graft to grow between the vertebrae, creating a fusion and thereby
stopping the motion at that segment. Generally, small pieces of bone are
placed into the space between the vertebrae to be fused. Sometimes larger
solid pieces are used to provide immediate structural support. The bone
is either supplied by the patient (autogenous bone) or harvested from
other individuals (allograft bone). After bone grafting, the vertebrae
are held immobile with metal rods and screws in order to allow fusion
Obtaining a successful result from a spine fusion requires an accurate
preoperative diagnosis, a technologically adept surgeon, and a patient
with a reasonably healthy lifestyle who is motivated to pursue rehabilitation
and restoration of their function. At Hoag Orthopedic Institute, we are
dedicated to returning you to an active and pain-free life. Call 855-999-4641
to learn more.
Why Choose Hoag Orthopedic Institute for your Spinal Fusion Surgery?
Hoag Orthopedic Institute's operating rooms are state-of-the-art and
the nurses, surgical technicians, physical therapists, and educators are
orthopedic certified and/or specialized. At HOI, you will find highly
regarded orthopedic surgeons who specialize in surgery of the spine.
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