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Which patients should consider spinal fusion?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Limited

Only a very small subset of patients will benefit from spinal fusion.
It is typically people with either instability or a condition that requires destabilization of the spine to fix another condition. This is one of the hardest things to sort out when faced with a patient with back or leg pain - who will fall into this very small category.

In brief: Limited

Only a very small subset of patients will benefit from spinal fusion.
It is typically people with either instability or a condition that requires destabilization of the spine to fix another condition. This is one of the hardest things to sort out when faced with a patient with back or leg pain - who will fall into this very small category.
Dr. Seth Zeidman
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Dr. Stan Lee
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Spinal Instability

Spine fusion is indicated when spinal stability and/or alignment has been compromised, resulting in risk for further spinal collapse, deformity, or neurological compression/injury.
Surgical fusion restores immediate stability and alignment and creates an environment where the vertebra can fuse in a functionally acceptable position. Conditions include fracture, deformity, and spondylolisthesis.

In brief: Spinal Instability

Spine fusion is indicated when spinal stability and/or alignment has been compromised, resulting in risk for further spinal collapse, deformity, or neurological compression/injury.
Surgical fusion restores immediate stability and alignment and creates an environment where the vertebra can fuse in a functionally acceptable position. Conditions include fracture, deformity, and spondylolisthesis.
Dr. Stan Lee
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