Thanks to leading edge scientists, surgeons, and biomechanical engineers, huge waves are being made in the world of spine care with non-fusion motion preservation technology. Always defined by its concurrent resources, spine surgery has long been marked by traditional, fusion techniques that “fuse”, or in effect, weld together, the vertebral bones of the spine.
In essence, fusion procedures join the painful, affected vertebrae so they heal into a single, solid bone, which takes care of the pain – but significantly affects patient mobility. Most spine patients, up until now, have received spinal fusion surgery for their common back and neck conditions, including:
- Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
- Spinal Stenosis
- Bone Fracture
While surgical intervention may be needed for chronic back or neck pain; consequently, an invasive, serious surgical procedure such as a spine fusion surgery has a significant impact on the human body, both in the short-term and long-term.
A Solution for Decreased Mobility and Longer Recovery Time
Contemporary dynamic, non-fusion technologies are making headlines as smarter, innovative alternatives in caring for the neck and back. Unlike traditional fusion procedures, non-fusion, or “fusionless” alternatives, are less invasive, generally result in less pain, less muscle damage, and a shorter hospital stay. It also allows patients to enjoy increased mobility after surgery.
When back or neck pain makes it difficult to perform everyday activities, non-fusion spine surgery from an expert spine care physician may be an option for providing relief and restoring a patient’s ability to function. Patients can discuss both options with their doctor to see what is right for their specific case. Of course, in some cases non-fusion is not alternative.
Why Do Patients Typically Consider Non-Fusion Spine Surgery?
In choosing a spinal fusion alternative and considering non-fusion spine surgery, patients are understandably interested in the idea of preserving the functionality of the spine. It is only logical to think that preserving motion is a better option that removing it. Another big factor is that we are living longer now – but our spines still age the same! Patients need more mobility and more options in our surgical procedures – to stay mobile for longer.
Spine Physicians can perform Non-Fusion Surgeries for procedures such as:
- Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
- Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement
- Dynamic Stabilization
- Spinal stenosis
- Lumbar degenerative disc disease
- Artificial Discs
- Disc Regeneration
Determining if Non-Fusion Surgery is an Option for Patients
The following questions can be used to determine if there is an opportunity to discuss both fusion and non-fusion options with a qualified spine professional:
- Have all non-surgical options been considered?
- How likely is it that non-fusion or fusion surgery will relieve the problem?
- Has the source of the pain been determined?
- What is the age and lifestyle of the patient?
- How will potential loss of mobility affect the patient?
A candid conversation about the nature of the back or neck issue is crucial in determining if the possibility of a non-fusion surgery exists.
Are you interested in non-fusion spinal surgery possibilities? Talk with your surgeon about both fusion and fusionless opportunities to determine what the best course of action is for you. Get a second opinion if you’re unsure.