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What is a Lumbar Decompression and Fusion?

A lumbar fusion is a surgical procedure that is performed in the area of the lower back known as the lumbar region. During a lumbar fusion, bone and disc material is removed to take pressure off your nerves (decompression). The bone removed during the decompression is then used as graft for the fusion. Screws and rods are used to stabilize the spine while the treated area heals and fusion occurs. The goal of the procedure is to restore spinal stability.

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What is a Lumbar Decompression and Fusion?

A lumbar fusion is a surgical procedure that is performed in the area of the lower back known as the lumbar region. During a lumbar fusion, bone and disc material is removed to take pressure off your nerves (decompression). The bone removed during the decompression is then used as graft for the fusion. Screws and rods are used to stabilize the spine while the treated area heals and fusion occurs. The goal of the procedure is to restore spinal stability.

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What to expect during your surgery?

After entering the operating room, you will be administered anesthesia to put you to sleep. The anesthesia team will go over all questions you may have regarding anesthesia prior to your surgery. Generally, the procedure involves the following:

  • Incision. To gain access to the vertebrae being fused, the surgeon makes an incision in your neck or back directly over your spine, or, on either side of your spine.
  • Lumbar decompression- removal of any bone, disc material, bone spurs that are compressing nerves
  • Fusion. To fuse the vertebrae together permanently, the surgeon places the bone graft material along the vertebrae. Titanium screws and rods may be used to help hold the vertebrae together while the bone graft heals.

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What to expect during your surgery?

After entering the operating room, you will be administered anesthesia to put you to sleep. The anesthesia team will go over all questions you may have regarding anesthesia prior to your surgery. Generally, the procedure involves the following:

  • Incision. To gain access to the vertebrae being fused, the surgeon makes an incision in your neck or back directly over your spine, or, on either side of your spine.
  • Lumbar decompression- removal of any bone, disc material, bone spurs that are compressing nerves
  • Fusion. To fuse the vertebrae together permanently, the surgeon places the bone graft material along the vertebrae. Titanium screws and rods may be used to help hold the vertebrae together while the bone graft heals.

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What happens after surgery?

When you wake up you will be in recovery (PACU). The nurses will monitor your vitals and provide medications to control the pain. You may or may not have a drain located in the surgical site (instructions for emptying the drain/removal will be provided via the nursing staff). If you wake up with a drain, do not change the dressing until the drain is removed. You will be given a postoperative appointment to have your drain removed in the office.

You will be up and walking a few hours after surgery to help reduce the risk of blood clots. Walk as much as tolerated and work up to walking a mile per day.

Once home, take care of your incision site and protect your back by returning to activity slowly.

Restrictions include limit bending and twisting and no lifting over 10-15 lbs. If given a back brace, wear it when ambulating.

Make sure to call your doctor and make any necessary follow-up appointments.

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