About 360-Spinal Fusion
360-degree fusion procedures are very common surgical techniques that are used to fuse vertebrae in the spine. During these procedures, board-certified spine surgeon Dr. Kendall Carll creates incisions in the necessary portions of the spine to reduce abnormal motion in the regions that are producing pain. Also known as an anterior/posterior lumbar fusion, this procedure requires incisions to the low back region as well as the abdomen (anterior and posterior) to complete the fusion. Dr. Carll and the entire team at Spine Care of North Texas are committed to helping patients regain their quality of life and mobility by diagnosing and treating the underlying cause of chronic back pain. Using 360-spinal fusion, Dr. Carll can provide long-term results in a minimally invasive a manner as possible.
360-Spinal Fusion Reviews
"Dr Carll was a lifesaver for me! I fought the back pain from a pinched/herniated sciatic nerve for 7 months. I tried everything from PT, chiropractic, spinal decompression, antigravity table, ibuprofen and more ibuprofen and steroids. Eventually, the pain was so unbearable that I could not sit through a meal or even drive. I finally gave up avoiding surgery and went to Dr Carll. I had minimally invasive microdisctectomy and the results were excellent. A few months of rehab later and I’ve got my life back. I’m so glad I saw Dr. Carll! He was so caring and explained everything thoroughly, including what to expect after surgery. His staff was just as wonderful and caring. I’d go back to him in a heartbeat. I’m very grateful for his skilled hands. God bless them."- M.J. / Healthgrades / Oct 15, 2019
Patients suffering from low back pain and nerve pain in the buttocks or thighs could be candidates for spinal fusion surgery. More conservative treatment methods may be attempted before surgery is recommended. To find out if you are a candidate for 360-spinal fusion surgery, contact Dr. Carll’s office today. The following are back conditions may require a 360-spinal fusion:
- Post-discectomy syndrome
- Degenerative disc disease
- Fractures of the lumbar spine
- Tumors or infections of the cervical or lumbar spine
- Significant instability or spondylolisthesis in the cervical or lumbar spine
The 360-spinal fusion procedure is considered somewhat safe as surgeons typically use minimally invasive techniques to complete it. At times, two surgeons will complete the surgery together — one working from the posterior side and one from the anterior side. In slender patients, the spine may be easier to access through the abdomen versus the back due to muscle thickness. During the procedure. Dr. Carll will insert an interbody cage between your vertebra and fill the empty space with synthetic bone graft material. From the posterior side, your vertebra will be fused together with screws. This technique yields the highest success rate of all spinal fusion procedures. When the surgery is complete, you will be sutured closed and closely monitored until you wake up.
What to Expect
You can expect to remain in the hospital for up to three days following your surgery. Most patients are fitted for a brace or corset immediately after the procedure, which will restrict movement as well as promote healing of the fused vertebrae. Dr. Carll typically has patients begin physical therapy within a week of their first post-surgery follow up to encourage healing. Each person’s recovery will be entirely unique following spinal fusion surgery. Recovery times may be lengthened or shortened according to the extent of the surgery, the underlying cause of the condition, and the patient’s age and overall health.
Hope and Healing
Dr. Kendall Carll is an extremely skilled and experienced spine surgeon who has changed countless lives by relieving back pain. When conservative methods are not enough to address back conditions, it may be time to consider surgery. 360-spinal fusion is a highly effective and minimally invasive treatment for conditions that cause chronic back pain. If you are ready to take control of your life and reduce your back pain, contact Spine Care of North Texas right away. We offer four North Texas locations to help make your treatments more convenient.