Future Advancements in Spinal Fusion Surgeries

A spinal fusion is typically pursued when a patient is unable to find relief from other treatments for spine pain. Abnormal or faulty vertebrae usually cause degenerative conditions that may require this surgery, or other deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, Dr. Burak Ozgur and the entire medical staff work effortlessly to relieve pain through conservative treatments. Offering the best spine care to Irvine and surrounding California areas, ONE Brain and Spine Center continues to review and study new technologies to assist in procedures and pain management strategies.
Currently, aggressive surgery is commonly chosen as the standard in surgical treatment of spinal disorders with chronic back pain. However, these systems have numerous complications including higher mechanical stress on the adjacent segment, long-term degenerative changes, and hypermobility. In these cases, additional fusion surgery may be necessary, and certainly not ideal.
For the conservative approach, physicians may suggest exercise, medications, physiotherapy, and/or rehabilitation. These are typically suggested first because surgical treatment may limit a patient’s daily activities. However, when a patient’s condition is unresponsive, surgical methods are considered including decompression with spinal fusion or nonfusion devices.
A spinal fusion procedure with rigid instrumentation is commonly used to treat spinal disorder, but results in a substantial amount of complications. Many patients who have underwent the procedure reported adjacent disc degeneration due to the fusion technique.
Posterior dynamic stabilization devices have recently been introduced as reliable and popular alternatives to a spinal fusion. They provide significant advantages including intervertebral disc protection, earlier intervention, reduction of adjacent degeneration, and minimally invasive. The goal of the dynamic stabilization technique is to preserve motion at the problem area. Currently, there are various systems reported that are categorized as:

  • Pedicle screw-based systems
  • Posterior interspinous spacers

Spine procedures may undergo momentous changes as technology continues to advance and improve. For more information about how ONE Brain and Spine Center can help with your spine condition, 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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