Spine Fusion at Garnet Health
After years of chronic back pain from an injury or spinal deformity like scoliosis, choosing a surgical solution can provide relief. If you’re in Orange County, Sullivan County or the surrounding area, rely on the neurosurgeons at Garnet Health to expertly perform the procedure and help ensure the best course of treatment available to you. Garnet Health has extensive experience in performing spine fusions and other spine surgeries, and we’ll go above and beyond to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Why Would You Need Spine Fusion?
Spine fusion is often used to address spinal instability or weakness caused by arthritis, a tumor, an infection or the removal of a herniated disc. This procedure may also be recommended to treat other spine conditions, including:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
What Does the Procedure Involve?
The goal of a spine fusion is to permanently link two or more vertebrae together, thereby reducing motion in that section of the spine. During the procedure, a bone graft (or a synthetic material) is inserted into the space between the vertebrae to stimulate natural healing. Metal plates, screws or rods may also be used to hold the vertebrae together until they’ve healed, to form one solid bone.
What Does Recovery From Spine Fusion Involve?
After spine fusion, you will likely remain in the hospital for two to three days. You may experience some pain, but will be provided medications to manage your discomfort. It can take several months for your vertebrae to completely fuse, so you may need to wear a brace to support and protect your spine. Many patients also find it useful to attend physical therapy, where they learn how to move in a way that maintains spinal alignment. At Garnet Health, we offer expert state-of-the-art rehabilitation services, which are available on an inpatient or outpatient basis.
You’ll be glad to know that Garnet Health doctors often perform spine fusion using minimally invasive techniques, which can lower the risk of complications, shorten your recovery time and minimize pain. After evaluating your individual condition, we’ll let you know whether minimally invasive surgery is the best option for you.
Residents of Orange and Sullivan Counties can turn to the experienced neurosurgeons at Garnet Health for spine fusions.