Interbody Fusion

What Is Interbody Spinal Fusion Surgery?

Interbody fusion means uniting two bony segments, whether due to a fracture or a vertebral joint issue. Typically within four months, the bone grafts will unite the vertebrae above and below to form one piece of bone.

Why is it done?

The reasons for performing interbody fusion are to:

  • Remove the degenerative disc
  • Separate the two vertebral bodies, as they were before the disc degenerated
  • Keep them in that position by interposing several pegs of bone (bone graft)
There are a number of techniques for an interbody fusion of the lumbar spine. First your spine specialist removes the lamina or the portion of the vertebra that covers the spinal cord. Removing the lamina relieves some of the pressure on the spine. Then we remove any bone that may be pinching the nerve roots and add bone grafts as needed. Patients come to us for degenerative disc disease treatment from Vernon, South Windsor, Manchester, Hartford, Bloomfield, Ellington and close-by areas.

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