How effective is lumbar spinal fusion surgery?

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Lumbar spinal fusion surgery is a surgery to join two or more spinal bones -- vertebrae -- so that they eventually grow into one solid bone. Lumbar spinal fusion is a very effective operation when it is done with the right surgical technique on the right patient for the right reasons. By eliminating abnormal and painful movement between diseased vertebrae, the procedure can eliminate pain. National statistics have shown that 80% to 85% of lumbar spinal fusion patients are helped by the surgery and feel that it was successful. But like any medical treatment, it is not 100% effective. Therefore, there will always be a small number of patients who do not improve as much as they had hoped.

Your spine team will go to great lengths to ensure that this is the right operation for you and that the surgery is done with the utmost care. This approach gives you the best chance of a successful outcome.

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