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What is spinal fusion?

Spinal fusion is a surgical process that bonds vertebrae together. It is done to stop movement in those vertebrae and is necessitated when movement is painful and cannot be controlled with pain relieving medication.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure in which two or more vertebrae in the spine are joined together with bone grafts, screws, and rods so that the fused area of the spine becomes immobilized. Watch this video on the procedure.

Spinal fusion is a procedure used to treat disk degeneration, a problem that occurs when the cushiony disk between two bones of your back (vertebrae) wears down, causing pain.

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