A procedure called a spinal fusion can be used to surgically treat degenerative disc disease in the spine. Using bone harvested from the person’s own hip (autograft) and instrumentation such as rods and screws, this procedure fuses two or more adjacent vertebrae. This is done to stabilise the spine and provide pain relief.
A spinal fusion is the uniting of two bony segments, whether a fracture or a vertebral joint. Instrumentation featuring rods and screws acts as an “internal cast” to stabilise the vertebrae until the fusion, or bony re-growth, can occur.
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