Lumbar spinal fusion surgery is a type of surgery used to correct lower back pain related to a variety of degenerative spinal conditions. In this procedure, lumbar vertebrae around the damaged or removed disc area are fused together using bone grafts to produce one inflexible unit for improved spinal stability.

Lumbar spinal fusion may be performed in cases of:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Discectomy for a herniated disc (vertebrae are fused after disc removal)
  • Spondylolisthesis (a condition in which a vertebra slips forward)
  • Vertebral fracture
  • General spinal instability

Proper lumbar spinal fusion can provide lasting relief from crippling lower back pain, improve overall spinal stability and ensure a solid structure in the case of a surgery that removes a piece of the spine. For example, lumbar spinal fusion may be used to bridge the physical gap that will occur if you’re having a damaged or ruptured lumbar disc removed. The procedure may also be performed in cases where an entire vertebra is removed; in this case, the two vertebrae on either side of the removed vertebra will be fused.

There are also multiple different methods of lumbar spinal fusion that can be performed depending on your condition, general health, preferences and/or other relevant details that vary case-by-case. There may also be minimally-invasive surgical options available, depending on the location of the issue. An open conversation with your doctor about your condition and personal needs can help in determining which particular approach to lumbar spinal fusion will work best for you.

If you suffer from a lumbar spinal condition or injury and would like to discuss whether a lumbar spinal fusion procedure could be a solution for you, get in contact with our Frisco, TX office to make an appointment to speak with Dr. Neece about it one-on-one.