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.