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What is spinal fusion?

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This is the most common surgery for back pain. The doctor will join spinal bones, called vertebrae, together. This limits the motion between them and how far your nerves can stretch. But it probably won’t limit your activity. It’s rare, but the bones don’t always fuse completely, particularly if you smoke.. If it happens, you may need another operation to fix it.

From: Back Surgery: Pros and Cons WebMD Medical Reference

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Canale, S. Mosby, 2008. Campbell's Operative Orthopedics,

Pengel, L. 2003. BMJ,

Mirza, S. 2007. Spine,

Brox, J. 2010. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases,

Chou, R. 2009. Spine,

Turner, J. 1992. Journal of the American Medical Association,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Spinal Fusion," "Artificial Disk Replacement in the Lumbar Spine," "Low Back Pain."

FDA: "Coflex Interlaminar Technology P110008."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 1, 2018

SOURCES:

Canale, S. Mosby, 2008. Campbell's Operative Orthopedics,

Pengel, L. 2003. BMJ,

Mirza, S. 2007. Spine,

Brox, J. 2010. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases,

Chou, R. 2009. Spine,

Turner, J. 1992. Journal of the American Medical Association,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Spinal Fusion," "Artificial Disk Replacement in the Lumbar Spine," "Low Back Pain."

FDA: "Coflex Interlaminar Technology P110008."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 1, 2018

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