Lumbar Corpectomy and Fusion

What is a Lumbar Corpectomy and Fusion?

Lumbar Corpectomy: removal of vertebral bone and intervertebral disc material in low back, along with a fusion.

Lumbar Corpectomy and Fusion is a surgical procedure that is performed to alleviate the pain caused by damaged vertebrae or disc material that pinches and blocks the nerve roots. This surgery involves the removal of diseased bone or damaged discs, followed with the fusion of affected vertebrae to restore spinal stability. It is most often performed for serious infections, traumatic injuries, and tumors involving the bones of the lumbar spine.

Who needs Lumbar Corpectomy and Fusion?

Lumbar Corpectomy and Fusion is suggested for patients who have diseased or damaged vertebrae in the lower spine, such as from a spinal fracture, tumor, or infection. The diseased or damaged vertebra pinches and blocks the nerve root, which in turn causes pain in lower spine. This surgery also corrects any deformities in the spinal column.

What happens after Lumbar Corpectomy and Fusion?

Most patients are able to go to their homes within four to seven days after the surgery. Physical therapists and occupational therapists will give instructions about walking independently and the proper techniques of getting in and out of bed. The patient is instructed to avoid lifting weight, bending at the waist, and twisting in the early postoperative days to avoid a strain injury.

This material is intended to give the patient an overview of surgical procedures and treatments and is not intended to replace the advice and guidance of a physician. Always consult with your doctor about the particular risks and benefits of your treatment.

Request an Appointment.

Please call our office at 816-363-2500 to make an appointment. All imaging studies should be brought with you.