A spinal fusion is a type of surgery that welds together two or more bones in the spine. It uses a graft to stimulate healing and encourages two bones to heal into one solid bone. The graft may be bone from the surgical site, a piece of bone from the hip, a piece of bone from a cadaver or artificial bone material. Spinal hardware is often used to hold the two or more bones together while the graft fuses.
Spinal fusion is used to treat the following spine conditions:
- Spinal Stenosis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Spinal cord and spinal column tumors
- Spine fractures