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Spinal fusion can permanently bond two or more vertebrae to reduce pain or correct spinal misalignments.
The goal of spinal fusion surgery is to permanently bond two or more vertebrae together to reduce painful friction between the bones, correct malalignment or abnormal spinal curves, and/or stabilize traumatic injuries.
Our Approach to Spinal Fusion
During spinal fusion, a surgeon makes an incision based on where the affected vertebrae are located, usually via your neck or back. In some cases, your surgeon will go in through the front of your neck or abdomen. Your neurosurgeon will insert a bone graft between the vertebrae to complete the fusion process, often using rods, screws or metal plates to keep the bones in place while the graft heals. It can take several months for the bone graft to heal entirely, though pain will fade within a few days after surgery.
In recent years, with the development of new technologies, spinal fusions are also performed to decompress nerves.
Am I a Candidate for Spinal Fusion?
Spinal fusion may work to improve spinal stability if you have experienced:
- A herniated disc
- Spinal deformities, such as scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
- Weakness or loss of bone density due to arthritis or cancer
Spinal fusion should only be considered if other treatment methods such as medication, spinal injections or physical therapy have failed to produce lasting results.
Why Choose Inspira for Spinal Fusion Treatment
With a team of trusted neurosurgeons operating in South Jersey, there’s no need to travel outside of your community to receive cutting-edge care. Our surgeons, physicians and nurses bring a wide range of diverse expertise to the operating room, ensuring you get comprehensive neurosurgical services right in your neighborhood.
Inspira’s minimally invasive surgical experts specialize in treating spinal, brain and nerve conditions with skilled precision. Our state-of-the-art surgical facilities are equipped with advanced 3D imaging technology, which allows our neurosurgeons to use minimally invasive techniques that reduce pain and scarring, improve surgical outcomes and speed up recovery time.
Thanks to Inspira’s integrated provider network, our neurosurgical team is poised to provide personalized, coordinated care. By taking a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, your surgeon will have access to other specialists—from intensivists and hospitalists, to endocrinologists and physical therapists—that will work closely together to diagnose and treat your condition.
Inspira Spinal Surgery Centers
Spinal surgery services are offered in several of our specialized care units.