Lumbar Fusion Surgery:
Understanding the Procedure and Aftercare

Discectomy involves the removal of a protruding disc, specifically addressing the debris causing an obstruction to the spinal motorway (Understand Spinal Motorway). This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and typically requires an overnight hospital stay.

X-rays showing PLIF cages in place, side and front views

1. The Fusion Process

  • Traffic Metaphor: Imagine it as clearing debris from a slip road to allow traffic to flow freely on your spinal motorway.
  • Procedure Details: Usually done under general anesthesia.

2. Risks and Considerations

  • Complexity: These surgeries are more intricate compared to simple decompression procedures.
  • Varied Risks: The associated risks can vary, contingent upon the chosen surgical approach and your overall health.
  • Treatment Goal: Lumbar fusion aims to address both leg and back pain symptoms, although back pain improvement may be more challenging.

3. Post-Operative Care

  • Mobilization and Rehabilitation: Early mobilization and a structured physiotherapy program are integral to your recovery.
  • Precautions: Avoid heavy lifting while bending forward and sitting for extended periods.
  • Walking: Gradually increase your walking activity under the guidance of a qualified physiotherapist.
  • Hygiene: In the initial weeks, be mindful of sweat collection around the surgical wound.

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