Spinal fusion surgery is considered when there is structural deformity, such as Spondylolisthesis with evidence of instability (excess movement) at that segment of your vertebral column. This can be determined by a standing X-Ray. Spinal fusion surgery can be done in a number of ways as outlined in the British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS) website links below. The surgery involves decompression and then fusion of the spinal segment to stop it moving. This can be done using several different techniques which your spinal specialist can discuss in more detail, depending on your circumstances. Spinal fusion may also be indicated in other instances, such as if doing a repeat (revision) operation at the same level of previous surgery. Fusion surgery is a supplement to a leg pain operation such as Lumbar Decompression or Lumbar Discectomy Surgery. It may also help to reduce low back pain, but is rarely done for low back pain symptoms without leg pain.
If your specialist and you feel that having discussed the risks and complications of an operation, you would like to proceed they will guide you through the process to consent to the surgery and to be evaluated by our Pre-Operative Assessment Team (POA). The following are links to the British Association of Spine Surgeons Website. They outline details of different Spinal Surgery Procedures along with outcomes, risks and complications of that surgery. They also discuss the approximate recovery times needed after each operation.
New Hall Hospital offers fast access surgery for both patients wanting to Self Pay and those who have Private Medical Insurance. We also see large numbers of NHS patients.
• British Association of Spine Surgery Lytic Spondylolisthesis- Surgical Options can be found here
• British Association of Spine Surgery Degenerative Spondylolisthesis Lumbar Spine – Surgical Options can be found here
• British Association of Spine Surgery Symptomatic Lumbar Degenerative Disc disease- Surgical Options can be found here
• British Association of Spine Surgery Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion can be found here