Lumbar Fusion Specialist

CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine -  - Neurosurgery

CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine

Neurosurgery located in Greenwood Village, CO & Englewood, CO

If you have chronic lower back pain that doesn’t improve with conservative treatments, it may be time to consider a surgical procedure like lumbar fusion. The exceptional surgeons at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine have extensive experience performing successful lumbar fusions, typically using minimally invasive techniques. The practice has nine locations in Colorado, including Lone Tree, Englewood, Castle Rock, Denver, Wheat Ridge, Colorado Springs, Parker, Yuma, and Lamar. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office today.

Lumbar Fusion Q & A

What is a lumbar fusion?

Lumbar fusion is a surgical procedure that fuses two vertebrae in your lower back. Your provider at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine may recommend lumbar fusion to ease lower back pain and restore spinal strength and stability.

This procedure prevents movement between the two fused vertebrae, but it only affects that small segment of your spine. As a result, you still maintain overall spinal mobility.

What conditions might need a lumbar fusion?

When conservative care such as physical therapy and epidural steroid injections fail to improve lower back pain, you may need to consider surgery.

CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine may recommend a lumbar fusion to treat conditions such as:

  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Spinal infection or tumor

These conditions cause pain when the vertebrae move and often lead to spinal instability. In some cases, your provider performs a lumbar fusion after another procedure to repair the underlying problem. For example, they typically need to do a lumbar fusion after decompression surgery. 

What happens during a lumbar fusion?

During a lumbar fusion, your provider removes the intervertebral disc and replaces it with a bone graft. Bone grafts accelerate new bone growth between the two vertebrae. 

As the adjacent vertebrae grow bone over the graft, they fuse to form one strong bone. In some cases, your provider may also use metal pedicle screws and rods to add further stability while the bone fuses.

Do specialists perform lumbar fusions with minimally invasive surgery?

In most cases CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine performs lumbar fusions using minimally invasive techniques. When you have minimally invasive surgery, your provider makes a small incision and uses a retractor to gently separate the muscles instead of cutting through them.

Minimally invasive surgery causes little bleeding and trauma. It has a lower risk of complications. You also experience less post-op pain and recover more quickly compared to open surgery.

Your provider may use augmented reality during your minimally invasive lumbar fusion. The team at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine was among the first to use the innovative Augmedics xvision™ Spine System.

Wearing the xvision headpiece, the team can see 3D spine anatomy through your skin. Augmented reality allows them to perform precise surgery.

If you have ongoing lower back pain, call CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine to book an appointment.