Before our specialists recommend spine fusion (spondylodesis / stiffening of spine), all therapy alternatives to cure chronicback pain, e.g., endoscopic nucleotomy, endoscopic abrasionor disc prosthesis surgery (ADR), are considered. But there are some spine problems that can only be solved with a fusion. This holds for patients suffering from listhesis or those that underwent multiple spine surgeries – for them fusion is often the last rescue.
The illustration shows an example of a stabilization with rods and screws granting permanent stabilization of vertebral bodies.
Which disc does cause pain and complaints is found out by means of discography. Owing to the fixation of screws, plates and cages, a certain stability is obtained. For permanent fixation, bone grafts from pelvis or bone substitutes are implanted, which ossify with vertebrae after 4 month and, therefore, offer stabilization.
Walking with the help of a previously built brace is possible only a few hours after fusion surgery. Patients have to stay 4-5 days at our hospital. From the beginning of their release from hospital, patients can sit, walk or drive a car or bike. Almost every activity is permitted and possible after 4 month. Often even back straining sports activities like golf and tennis can be resumed.