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?
This advanced surgical procedure is 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. Fusion surgery takes a couple hours to complete, depending on the extent of the spinal damage.
What does recovery involve?
During recovery from 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?
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?
This procedure may be performed in order to treat any of the following spinal problems:
- Adolescent scoliosis
- Arthritic back pain
- Herniated disc (back)
- Lumbar disc disease
- Lumbar stenosis
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.