Dynamic Stabilization: An Alternative to Spinal Fusion

Traditional surgery for any painful spine condition has been spinal fusion. This procedure is used to stabilize spondylolisthesis (unstable spine) and prevents any further manipulation, disc degeneration, and pain. Many people find significant success after a spinal fusion, but there are several risk factors to fusion. Some drawbacks may be loss of motion and/or increased spinal stress on the discs and joints.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, we provide quality care and treatments so that our patients can avoid surgical intervention at all costs. When surgery becomes the only option, our minimally invasive techniques offer fewer risks, less scaring, and less pain. Dr. Burak Ozgur uses his expertise in brain and spine conditions to better serve and care for the residents of Irvine and other California communities.
The evolution of spinal surgery is vast. From open back to minimally invasive, surgical techniques have made it possible for patients to undergo extreme surgical intervention and leave the hospital the same day. Their functions have greatly changed as well. The goal for spinal surgery has improved to provide motion preservation. Dynamic stabilization uses motion preservation technologies as an alternative to treatment for people with back problems such as facet pain, degenerative disc disease, or lumbar spinal stenosis.
Dynamic stabilization is an alternative to a traditional spinal fusion. It looks much like an internal brace, allow an individual to have controlled movement of the spine while preventing further damage to the disc and facet joints. The devices are originated from the screw and rod constructions in traditional spinal fusion. Pedicle screws are inserted into the back of the vertebrae and work much like an anchor. The flexible rods attach to the pedicle screws. The devices goal is to control motion in a way that imitates the normal movement of the spine.
This innovative alternative to spinal fusion surgery provides less stress on the vertebrae. Most patients are able to return to their normal routines within 4-6 weeks depending on the severity of their condition. Dynamic stabilization is not right for everyone. Dr. Ozgur often recommends trying conservative treatments before setting a surgery. For more information on alternative to spinal fusion or the treatments we offer at ONE Brain and Spine Center, call and schedule an appointment today.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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