Posterior Thoracic Fusion

Posterior Thoracic Fusion

Thoracic fusion surgery is performed to fuse the affected vertebrae (spine bones), in other words, make them grow together. It is usually performed in association with decompressive surgery (surgery to take the pressure off of the nerve roots and/or spinal cord), in situations where the spine is unstable, to correct scoliosis or kyphosis, and in fracture treatment. Situations in which the spine may be unstable include certain infections, tumors, or after previous surgery. Sometimes, posterior fusions are used to help anterior procedures (procedures performed from the front of the body) which may require more stabilization. Most posterior fusions are performed with metal screws and rods (called instrumented fusions) and may also involve taking bone from your hip, use of allograft (donor bone), and/or the use of proteins (called BMP) used to help stimulate bone growth. Patients who undergo these procedures are generally satisfied with their decision to have surgery and spend 2-4 nights in the hospital before going home or to rehab.

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    I had incredible pain, 9 out of 10, with loss of sensation in my right leg and loss of strength. I could not stand for longer than 10-15 minutes and I had to sit, it was horrible. Since the surgery, I feel great, I feel strong and I have my sensation back. I am very happy.

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