Spine Archive: Spinal Fusion

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Pediatric Surgery: Things to Expect

Following spinal surgery, these are the things parents can expect. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

If you have a child who underwent a spinal fusion, chances are that he or she will complain of pain in the area of the procedure. This is normal and will decrease in the coming weeks. Medications like Advil and Motrin should be avoided as they can interfere with the healing process. Consult your doctor if your child appears to be in more pain than should be normal during the healing process.

Infections are not common, and should not happen – but are possible. Be sure to inspect your child’s back daily to ensure there are no infections. Healthy healing areas should be pink at the incision and the edges should be together.

Be sure to encourage your child to take liquids, fruits and vegetables to reduce constipation possibilities. Multivitamins with iron can help your child’s body heal itself

In the upcoming weeks after your child’s spinal fusion, monitor their activity levels. As discomfort clears, your child will probably want to get up and be active. Prevent them from doing anything too strenuous to avoid injury to the fusion area.

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Questions Regarding Spinal Fusions

The following are additional answers to fusion questions you may have. Learn more about Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Patients undergoing spinal fusion procedures may be aware of a “domino” effect once their first procedure has been completed. They may hear that a few years after their procedure they may need the same surgery to repair additional discs.

While it is possible that further surgery will be required, most cases of isolated one-level degenerative disc disease don’t require any more. Further surgery is more common in patients exhibiting osteoporosis of the facet joints. The shape of the discs is also important and while unhealthy patients may be at a higher risk – the majority of patients undergoing spinal fusions will be able to handle the added pressure.

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Robotic Spine Surgery Vs. Fluoroscopic Fusion

Studies show robotic spine surgery reduced length of stay. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

A study was conducted comparing the newer robotic spine surgery procedure to traditional fluoroscopic procedures in spinal fusions. it was concluded that minimally invasive robotic spine surgery procedures significantly reduced the radiation exposure and length of stay for all patients who underwent the procedure. Tissue trauma was extensive in the traditional surgical procedure and also yielded excessive blood loss, neurological damage, and postoperative pain. These same negative factors were not found in the group who underwent the robotic spine surgery.

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What is Spinal Anesthesia?

Learn about spinal anesthesia and how it can be successful. Learn more about spine surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Spinal anesthesia is a technique used prior to surgery in which a local anesthetic is injected into target areas along the spine to block pain and make surgical procedures possible while the patient is conscious. Typically it is administered through a small needle and has found success in older patients, especially in lumbar spinal surgery cases. This is an alternative procedure to traditional anesthesia which is typically used to put the patient into a form of sleep or unconsciousness.

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Robotic Spine Fusion: Is It Cleaner?

Advantages to robotic spine fusion and a healthy lifestyle. Learn more about Spinal Fusion in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

MIS (minimally invasive surgery) is quickly becoming a viable option to patients in need of surgical means who want to get regain their lives. Through spinal fixation under robotic surgery, tissue surrounding the target area is preserved. This preservation effectively decreases complications including lower loss of blood, fewer scars, faster recovery, and less pain.

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What is Spinal Fixation?

Spinal Fixation can help you return to a normal life. Learn more about Spinal Fusion in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Spinal fixation, also referred to as “spinal fusion”, is the process by which two or more vertebrae are fixated or joined together. This process immobilizes the fused area to prevent irritation to nerves and instability. In most cases, spine fixation is used on patients who have broken vertebrae, spinal deformities, low back pain, weakness and instability.

Traditionally, this procedure is done using an “open” technique in which a long incision is made to aid in direct line of sight to the trouble area. This helps to insert the implant. Through minimally invasive surgery, this procedure can be accomplished with small, precise incisions.

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Minimally Invasive Surgery & Peace of Mind

Minimally invasive surgery promises comfort. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Today, stress and anxiety are very real and present dangers in the hectic world we live in. New technologies are often lost in translation from busy schedules. Patients who are in need of surgical means today now have the ability to utilize technology to unending lengths. Good doctors will always be looking out for the best possible treatment plan for their patients. With minimally invasive robotic spine surgery, patients can now have peace of mind and comfort knowing that their doctor will be aided by precise robotic technology working in tandem with the many years of human experience in the operating room.

Robotic Spine Surgery: Spine Fusions

Through robotic spine surgery, surgeons can properly join two spinal segments together. To learn more search Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

While traditional surgery is sometimes necessary, minimally invasive surgeries utilize smaller incisions for faster recovery time and less damage to tissue areas. In spinal fusions, surgeons can join spine fragments together to achieve corrections in spinal misalignments and other instabilities. With minimally invasive spine surgery, small precise incisions are made in key areas along the patient’s back to allow entry to the spine for the fusion to occur. Because these incisions are small, recovery time is enhanced along with other advantages such as less blood loss, smaller scar tissue, and reduced pain.

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Lumbar Spine Surgery

Decompression and fusion surgeries are among the most common types of surgical procedures. To learn more about lumbar spine surgery, search here in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

In lumbar spine surgeries, the goal is to relieve pain caused by nerves being pinched along the spine. This procedure often involves removing portions of the bone around the nerve root to allow room for the nerve to heal. The other most common surgical procedure is a spinal fusion in which bone segments are fused or “welded” together resulting in one larger bone. This is done to prevent motion in painful areas.

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Reasons for Spinal Fusions

Why would you need a spinal fusion? To learn more about spinal surgery, search here in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

In a spinal fusion, vertebral bones are fused or “welded” together resulting in a single bone in the fused area. This process is generally most beneficial for patients with pain in the lower back. This pain can be associated with degenerative disc disease where deterioration of the spinal discs has left very little space for the vertebra to move correctly or spine “slippage” like spondylolisthesis where the vertebrae has become misaligned.