Spinal Fusion Specialist

LAVI Spine & Orthopaedic Medical Centers

Orthopedic Surgeon & Spine Surgeon located in Greater Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, CA

Spinal fusion might be needed for a number of reasons. Dr. Lavi offers spinal fusion for patients in and around the Sherman Oaks, Rancho Cucamonga, Downey, and Arcadia area.

Spinal Fusion Q & A

What is spinal fusion?

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that is used to correct problems with the vertebrae that are the result of injury, weakness, back pain, or instability. When a patient is having back pain, an X-ray or MRI is used to discover the underlying source of the pain. Spinal fusion is used to join together the vertebrae that are causing pain so that they heal into a single, solid bone. This process eliminates the motion between the spinal bones that may be causing pain that is impacting nerves, ligaments, or muscles in unnatural ways.

Who is a good candidate for a spinal fusion?

If you have severe back or leg pain causing instability in the lumbar spine, or evidence of severe degeneration, you could be a good candidate of spinal fusion. You may want to consider surgery if your pain is severe enough to affect daily activities and causes you excruciating, debilitating pain, or it is diminishing your quality of life.

Your doctor may decide that you are a good candidate for spinal fusion if:

  • Your pain is chronic.
  • Your spine condition affects one or two discs or vertebrae.
  • Nonsurgical management such as physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, or back bracing hasn’t worked.

If you decide on surgery, ask Dr. Lavi about the options that are best for your specific needs.

How long does it take to recover after a spinal fusion?

Recovery from spinal fusion, like any spine surgery, takes some time to heal. It is also very important to follows Dr. Lavi’s post-op and recovery instructions to promote proper healing. Your spine will need time to allow it to recover fully and become completely solid. Post-surgery rehabilitation may be necessary to teach you how to move without twisting. The process can take anywhere from six to eight months.