Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion

What is a Posterolateral Fusion?

Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion: fusion procedure where spine is accessed from patient’s back.

Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion is a surgical procedure used to treat problems with spinal instability. It fuses together the painful vertebrae so that they heal into a single solid bone. There are many methods of obtaining spinal fusion, but the most commonly used is Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion. This type of spinal fusion involves placing bone graft between the transverse processes of the affected vertebrae.

Who needs Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion?

Patients who have spondylolisthesis are most common candidates of Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion. Spondylolisthesis is the condition in which the vertebra slips forward and pinches a nerve. This happens due to weakened joints or fractured bones. The pinched nerve causes pain, which radiates to the legs and feet.

This procedure may also be suggested for conditions such as disc herniation, curvature of the spinal column, scoliosis, or for an injury or fracture of the spinal cord.

What happens after Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion?

After this operation, the patient may be asked to wear a plastic brace for a few weeks. The patient should note that healing a fusion can take many months to complete. It is important to be patient after the procedure, as improvements in symptoms will be slow.

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.

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