Lumbar Spinal Fusion


When you have exhausted your nonsurgical methods of treatment, it is important to know that you still have options. This procedure will help to improve stability in the lumbar, or lower back, region when other methods of treatment have not helped. During this procedure, the surgeon will widen the spinal canal and remove all or part of any herniated discs in your lower back. After the discs are removed, the affected vertebrae will be supported, reinforced, and stabilized with the use of a bone graft placed where the discs used to be – in between the vertebrae. Additionally, for added stabilization, the surgeon will place titanium screws and rods into the vertebrae next to the new bone graft in order to fuse the vertebrae together.

Benefits of Lumbar Spinal Fusion

The goal of lumbar spinal fusion surgery is to relieve the patient of any pain that he or she has been feeling in the lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs as the result of a number of different conditions. Lumbar spinal fusion can benefit patients who suffer from lumbar disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, lumbar spinal stenosis, scoliosis, spinal fractures, and other conditions.

About Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery

This surgery can be done in many different ways and whenever possible minimally invasive spinal fusion techniques will be used. Our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Rovner, will make an incision in your lower back. He will gently, and temporarily, move the muscle away from the bone to access the vertebrae. Finally, he will perform a lumbar laminectomy, a process to remove the excess buildup of bone that has formed over the years, in order to provide more room for spinal nerves. If necessary, he will also perform a lumbar discectomy on any damaged or herniated discs, removing a small amount of vertebral bone to gain access and then removing the disc. Damaged discs will be replaced with bone grafts, with the adjacent vertebrae fused together using titanium screws and rods.

What to Expect from Your Recovery

Our procedures and technologies are modern and only of the highest quality available. After a lumbar spinal fusion, most patients are able to return home within a few days after the procedure. Usually, it will take several months to see full fusion of the bone grafts and vertebrae. However, recovery may happen more readily. This is dependent upon the severity of your spinal problems as well as your overall health. Over the course of two to sixweeks following the surgery, you should feel your symptoms improve gradually.

You will receive the most updated information as well as instructions for your recovery from Dr. Rovner after you come out of surgery. You can ask any questions you have and schedule follow-up appointments. Throughout the process, Dr. Rovner will always be an active part of your care, from your first consult through your recovery.

About Dr. Rovner

Dr. Joshua Rovner, a board-certified spinal surgeon, will always be available to assist you throughout the process. He will help you choose your treatment plan and support you as you recover through physical therapy and other aspects of your treatment plan. For more information about spinal surgery from Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics or to request a consultation with Dr. Rovner, contact us today at (201) 227-1299.