Many back surgeries incorporate spinal fusion in some form. The goal of this surgery is to ease the pain of spinal degeneration by joining two or more vertebrae together and stabilizing the spine. While this procedure can limit a person’s mobility, the benefits outweigh the costs if it means stopping the spine from further degeneration.
Percutaneous Spinal Fusion
This minimally invasive approach to spinal fusion involves using various types of screws, rods, and plates to join vertebrae. The procedure is very safe and has a high success rate. One drawback is that the rods and screws are sometimes visible under the skin. However, once the fusion is stable, the rods and screws can potentially be removed.
This procedure is often used for:
- Facet arthritis
- Failed back surgery
- Spinal instability
- Spinal fractures
- Recurrent disc herniation
This procedure can be technically demanding and thus is not offered in many hospitals and clinics. Dr. Robert Biscup, on the other hand, has performed countless percutaneous spinal fusions over the course of his medical career.
With & Without Instrumentation
There are two approaches to spinal fusion: with and without instrumentation. With instrumentation involves the use of screws and other devices to hold the vertebrae together, whereas without instrumentation makes use of synthetic bone grafts and stem cells.
Spinal fusion with instrumentation currently has the highest success rate at 90%, but spine surgeons still disagree about which procedure is best. At Biscup Spine, we will thoroughly evaluate your condition and review the risks and benefits of both techniques before helping you make a decision. Our primary goal is to recommend the best treatment option that is right for you and your unique needs.