What is posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation surgery?

A type of spine . Surgery where implants which are usually several screws that attach to the bones of the spine and are then interconnected over one or more levels with usually a pair of metal rods -this is the instrumentation. A fusion is a healing together of two or more spine bones or vertebra with the use of bone material or synthetic substitutes.
Lumbar fusion . Bridging the vertebral segments together in the spine. Should only be done if you have instability. Discogenic back pain without instability more controversial for fusions. Think of instrumentation as a temporary bridge (like a cast) until your bone heals over the site. The screws don't come out except in rare cases but become non essential once your bones fuse.

Related Questions

My daughter is scheduled to have posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation in february to correct a 55 degree. What can I expect?

Scoliosis. Pain and discomfort after surgery. About 4 days +/- 1-2 days in hospital. Possible brace. Therapy. Feeling much better at 2 weeks. No bending/lifting/turning for a period determined by your surgeon. Straighter spine and hopefully a happier daughter. Good luck! Read more...

How long does the anterior posterior spinal fusion take?

4hours. Varies quite a bit on surgeon and team experience how many levels use vascular surgeon for anterior exposurewill speed things up alot. Read more...
Depends. Depends on how many levels are being worked on, as well as what techniques are being used to accomplish the fusion. Read more...

Is there any pain involved in an anterior posterior spinal fusion?

Yes. In any major spinal operation, pain is expected during the initial week or two after the surgery. There is no difference in having pain with an anterior/posterior (360 degree) fusion. The major difference is that there are two major incisions on the body, so there could be abdominal discomfort in addition to requiring medications for pain. Read more...

I had a t2-l1 posterior spinal fusion 5 years ago. I having been experiencing pain in my cervical and lumbar spine. Is this due to degeneration?

T2-L1? That would be a very large fusion. But if it were t12-l1, then, yes you may develop pain in other areas of the spine. The fused area is stiff and neighboring areas have to work a little harder. Read more...
Possibly. At your age, the reason why you had the spinal fusion is important as degenerative disease is uncommon without underlying trauma or other arthropathy. Pain in the lumbar region that is due to muscle spasm can transmit/radiate to neck and neck pain can transmit/radiate to the lower back. Need to discuss the discomfort with your physician. Read more...