Factors Your Doctor May Consider - Spinal Fusion

A spinal fusion procedure may be recommended as a surgical treatment option for patients with a condition causing spinal instability in their lower back. Some of these conditions may include degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis or spinal stenosis that has not responded to other treatment measures (rest, physiotherapy or medication). The symptoms of spinal instability may include pain, numbness and/or muscle weakness in the lower back, hips and legs.

Your surgeon will take a number of factors into consideration before recommending a spinal fusion. He or she will consider your medical needs and condition, as well as your age, health, lifestyle, and anticipated level of activity following surgery. Please discuss this treatment option with your spinal care provider.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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