Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery
Before you think about having lumbar spinal fusion surgery make sure you know about Adjacent Segment Disease.
Whenever vertebrae in the lumbar spine are fused, it creates an immovable area and it comes with a price. The spine is designed to move and when an area becomes permanently fixed, the body compensates by placing a heavier load on surrounding structures.
When two or more vertebrae are fused, the segment above takes on a bigger workload and this leads to early degenerative disc disease and facet arthropathy.
This is why people who have lumbar spinal fusion surgery continue to have back pain and some even have more pain than before going through surgery.
This degeneration of the segment above the fusion is called Adjacent Segment Disease. This can cause pain, pinching of the nerves in the low back, and pain going down the legs.
That’s why it’s important to get a second or third opinion to see if this procedure is absolutely necessary for your medical condition.
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Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery (AVOID Adjacent Segment Disease)