Thoracic and Lumbar Fusion

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute offers thoracic and lumbar spinal fusion at locations throughout the Washington, D.C. region. Our experienced spine surgeons offer you the comprehensive care you need for an effective procedure and a successful recovery. All of our spine surgeons received fellowship training in spinal surgery and focuses exclusively on caring for spinal conditions.

What is thoracic and lumbar fusion?

Spinal fusion surgery is an advanced surgical procedure performed to repair damage to the spine. During the procedure, a surgeon joins together, or fuses, two or more of the bones that make up your spinal cord, known as vertebrae. The surgery requires bone grafting to attach the two bones together, and can be done in the lower (lumbar) or upper (thoracic) spine.

What does thoracic and lumbar fusion involve?

During the procedure, your surgeon will remove any damaged portions of the spine and replace them with healthy bone, taken either from your pelvic bone or a bone bank. Over time, the vertebra will fuse together to form one bone. Thoracic or lumbar spinal fusion surgery takes a couple hours to complete, depending on the extent of the spinal damage.

What does thoracic and lumbar fusion recovery involve?

During recovery from lumbar or thoracic fusion surgery, your doctor may recommend wearing a back brace to keep your spine aligned and supported while the bones fuse. In later stages of recovery, your doctor may recommend physical therapy and exercise therapy.

What are the benefits of undergoing thoracic and lumbar fusion?

The benefits of visiting MedStar Orthopaedic Institute for your thoracic and lumbar spinal fusion surgery may include:

  • Decreased spinal pressure
  • Back pain relief
  • Improved range of motion in the back
  • Ability to return to everyday activities following recovery

Why is lumbar and thoracic fusion performed?

Thoracic or lumbar fusion may be performed in order to treat any of the following spinal problems:

 

If you believe you may need thoracic and lumbar fusion surgery, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience treating a wide range of neck and back conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive back care in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our Specialists

Neck & Spine


MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean
Fred Fei Mo, MD
Spine Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Mitchellville
MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Sam W. Wiesel, MD
Spine Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Locations

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
106 Irving Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20010
Phone: 202-877-6000
13950 Brandywine Road, 2nd Floor Brandywine, MD, 20613
Phone: 301-856-1682
5454 Wisconsin Avenue, 11th Floor Chevy Chase, MD, 20815
Phone: 301-215-9423
6355 Walker Lane, Suite 501 Alexandria, VA, 22310
Phone: 703-971-3701
9455 Lorton Market Street, Suite 200 Lorton, VA, 22079
Phone: 703-971-3701
6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 200 Mc Lean, VA, 22101
Phone: 202-444-8766
11325 Pembrooke Square, Suite 115 Waldorf, MD, 20603
Phone: 301-856-1682