When Is a 360-Spinal Fusion Necessary?

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Chronic back pain can profoundly affect almost every aspect of your life, from daily activities to sleep quality. It's a problem that demands effective solutions, like those offered at Spine Care of North Texas. Led by Dr. Kendall Carll, a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, our practice has helped countless patients regain their mobility and quality of life using some of the most advanced treatments for back pain.

If you're struggling with debilitating back pain and haven't gotten the results you hoped for with conventional treatments, you may be an ideal candidate for 360-spinal fusion surgery at our Plano, TX office. Here are the basics you need to know about this potentially life-changing surgery.

What is 360-spinal fusion surgery?

360-spinal fusion is a specialized surgical procedure that addresses the vertebrae in the spine from both the anterior (front) and posterior (back) sides (which is why it's sometimes called anterior/posterior lumbar fusion). By approaching the spine from two directions, the surgery offers a more thorough stabilization and fusion of the vertebrae. This method is often considered for patients with significant spinal issues, including degenerative disc disease, instability, or deformity.

How does 360-spinal fusion surgery help manage and relieve chronic back pain?

360-spinal fusion surgery is designed to alleviate pain by stabilizing the spine and removing motion between vertebrae that can lead to discomfort. This comprehensive approach not only aims to fuse the vertebrae effectively but also addresses the underlying conditions that contribute to chronic back pain, including:

  • Degenerative disc disease: When the discs between the vertebrae lose cushioning, leading to pain
  • Spondylolisthesis: Where one vertebra slips forward over another
  • Spinal stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal that causes nerve pain
  • Fractures: Injuries that cause instability or deformity in the spine

When is a 360-spinal fusion necessary?

Anterior/poster lumbar fusion becomes necessary when more conservative treatments (such as medication or physical therapy) haven't provided relief. At Spine Care of North Texas, we often recommend 360-spinal fusion surgery as an option for patients suffering from significant spinal instability or advanced degenerative conditions. Dr. Carll will perform a comprehensive exam and render a diagnosis before determining whether you might benefit from 360-spinal fusion or another treatment.

What is the recovery like after spinal fusion surgery?

You'll likely need to spend a few days at the hospital after your 360-spinal fusion procedure so that we can monitor your recovery. Shortly after surgery, we'll fit you with a brace to restrict movement and prevent a potential injury in your spine. Each patient is different, but Dr. Carll usually has patients start physical therapy within a week of surgery. The total recovery time can vary, typically ranging from several months to a year, with patients gradually returning to their normal activities.

Explore your treatment options for back pain

For those struggling with chronic back pain, even routine activities can feel more challenging. At Spine Care of North Texas in Plano, TX, we are dedicated to providing personalized care plans that address each patient's unique needs. Whether it's exploring conservative treatments or considering advanced surgical options like 360-spinal fusion surgery, our goal is to help you return to a life with less pain and more joy.

Don't live your life suffering from chronic back pain. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kendall Carll and learn more about spinal fusion surgery and other treatments for back pain.

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