Most people receive a spinal fusion due to back and neck pain. The goal of a spinal fusion is to eliminate pain at a particular motion segment which is caused from movement. Spinal fusion Upper East Side of Manhattan performed by Dr. Casden will aim to decrease lower back and neck pain.
Spinal fusion is spinal surgery that Dr. Casden performs during which one or more of the vertebras of the spine are joined together prohibiting motion between them. Bone grafts will be placed around the spine causing the vertebrae to grow together into one long bone, and reducing the pain associated with motion. The bone graft will be taken from the donor or from a bone bank. The graft will be placed either from the back of the spine or from the front of the spine or a combination of the two.
The spine is made up of vertebrae which is a series of bones. Each vertebrae is bound together by connective tissue. People may also need a spinal fusion for fractures or breaks that are associated with the nerves or spinal cord, or for spinal deformities such as scoliosis. Additional reasons our Manhattan spinal fusion surgeon performs this type of surgery is for a disc herniation, spinal curves or slippage. Excessive motion between two or more vertebrae is thought to be a main cause to undergo spinal fusion. Because it is difficult to determine the exact source of pain, treating this type of back and neck pain with spinal fusion alone may not be recommended.