Spinal Fusion - Treatment for Fracture and Herniated Disc

Neurosurgery at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Spinal fusion, offered by neurosurgeons at Mercy, is a procedure that permanently joins together two or more bones in the spine so there is no movement between them. This helps to eliminate back pain caused by conditions such as fracture or herniated disc.

What is Spinal Fusion?

Spinal fusion is a traditional surgical treatment used to reduce chronic back pain and correct instability and deformity of the spine. A fusion between two spinal vertebrae is similar to a weld between two pieces of metal. After a successful spinal fusion, the two vertebrae are united into one immovable piece of bone. Any joints or discs in the area no longer move, reducing or eliminating pain.

Spinal fusion may be used to treat the following conditions:

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How is Spinal Fusion performed?

There are a variety of different techniques used to perform spinal fusion, determined by the location of the vertebrae being operated on and the reason for the procedure. Traditional spinal fusion is completed through an incision made by your surgeon to expose the spine. Bone grafts, either from a bone bank or from another area of the patient’s body (typically the pelvis), are then applied to the two vertebrae being fused. When possible minimally invasive techniques are used at Mercy to perform spinal fusion.