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Are there any alternatives to vertebra fusion?
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Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Depends on the prob
Depends on the problem. You generally want to save surgery as the last treatment.
Then, if you have a pure disc problem, a disc replacement may be a good alternative to fusion. If you only have a nerve compression problem, a decompressive procedure may be best. Fusion is best for instability and arthritic pain.

In brief: Depends on the prob
Depends on the problem. You generally want to save surgery as the last treatment.
Then, if you have a pure disc problem, a disc replacement may be a good alternative to fusion. If you only have a nerve compression problem, a decompressive procedure may be best. Fusion is best for instability and arthritic pain.
Dr. Vikas Patel
Dr. Vikas Patel
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Yes, in some cases
There may be an indication for a total or artificial disc replacement but there are very specific indications for this procedure that you would have to talk to a spine specialist to discuss if one is a candidate.
This is assuming the patient has failed all nonoperative forms of treatment.

In brief: Yes, in some cases
There may be an indication for a total or artificial disc replacement but there are very specific indications for this procedure that you would have to talk to a spine specialist to discuss if one is a candidate.
This is assuming the patient has failed all nonoperative forms of treatment.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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