Spinal Fusion

Neurosurgical Specialists of West County

Neurosurgeons located in Saint Louis, MO

If you suffer from spinal instability or degenerative disc disease, you may be a candidate for spinal fusion surgery. The skilled neurosurgical team at Neurosurgical Specialists of West County in St. Louis offers advanced, minimally invasive surgery techniques to alleviate chronic pain and repair spine damage caused by disease or injury. Learn more about the benefits of spinal fusion surgery by calling the office today.

Spinal Fusion Q & A

What is a spinal fusion?

A spinal fusion is a type of surgery that fuses two or more vertebral segments to stabilize your spine.  The surgery removes joints in the spine and places instrumentation for internal stabilization. The fusion occurs over years as the bones heal together into a single rigid piece.

The surgical team at Neurosurgical Specialists of West County specializes in minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery, which offers many benefits over traditional open surgery, including a faster healing time.

Why do I need spinal fusion surgery?

Spinal fusion surgery may be the appropriate treatment for a number of spine-related conditions that cause chronic pain, weakness, sensory loss and limit your mobility. Your Neurosurgical Specialists of West County surgeon may recommend a spinal fusion for conditions like:

  • Tumors
  • Scoliosis
  • Instability
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet joint degeneration
  • Degenerative disc disease 

After a careful review of your health history and an evaluation of your existing condition and symptoms, your doctor can determine if spinal fusion surgery is the best option for treatment.

What can I expect during spinal fusion surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery requires only small incisions to access the damaged areas of the spine. 

Your Neurosurgical Specialists of West County surgeon uses special instruments to remove the disc — the protective, gel-like structure that cushions the spinal vertebrae — and relieve compression on your nerves. Your surgeon inserts an implant device, which fuses to your spine over time.

Once the fusion is complete, you can expect some limitations in your spinal movements. However, as you heal, you should experience a significant improvement in pain and other symptoms caused by the damaged disc.

How long does it take to heal from spinal fusion surgery?

Because your Neurosurgical Specialists of West County surgeon uses only small incisions and cause less damage to underlying muscles and fascia, you can expect to heal much faster than you would with open surgery. During your consultation, your surgeon can discuss how long you need to be off work and how much to limit your usual activities.

Minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery also reduces your risk for excess bleeding and infection, allowing you to recover faster and more efficiently than is possible with traditional surgery.  Additionally many patients with active lifestyles find it easier and faster to return to athletics and other pursuits.after minimally invasive spinal surgery.

Find out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery by scheduling a consultation today.