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Spinal Fusion: Risks vs. Benefits
Back pain and immobility may be good enough reasons for you to consider spinal fusion surgery. No doubt you want to get your normal life back to the way it was before the nagging or sometimes debilitating symptoms of back problems began. If you’re facing the possibility of spinal fusion surgery, you’ll find that the benefits of this procedure outweigh the risks.
What conditions does spinal fusion treat?
This surgery corrects problems with the vertebrae and discs of the spine. The goal is to fuse together damaged vertebrae so they heal to create one solid, stable bone. Some common conditions that spinal fusion surgery treats are degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, fractures, infection, scoliosis, and tumors. Consulting a reputable physician like Dr. Fischer at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City will allow you to get the correct diagnosis and learn if spinal fusion surgery is the recommended treatment for you.
What are the risks?
Any surgery has risks that should be considered. An experienced physician like Dr. Fischer will go over all potential risks with you so that you can make an informed decision regarding surgery. Possible complications with spinal fusion surgery include:
What are the benefits?
Now that you’ve seen the bad things that can happen, keep in mind that most spinal fusion patients do not experience complications. Those that obtain great results from the surgery far outnumber those with problems. Dr. Fischer has a proven track record of successful spinal fusion surgeries in which patients are happy with the results. Here are the benefits you will likely experience from spinal fusion surgery: