Instrumented spinal fusion is a surgical procedure performed to treat spinal conditions such as spinal instability, degenerative disc disease, or spinal deformities. In this procedure, a surgeon uses medical implants (instruments) such as rods, screws, plates, and cages to stabilize and fuse two or more vertebrae together. The fusion process encourages bone growth between the vertebrae, creating a solid bridge of bone that immobilizes the unstable or damaged segment of the spine.
During the surgery, the surgeon will make a small incision in the back or neck and use specialized instruments to expose the spine. The damaged or unstable portion of the spine is removed, and bone graft material is inserted to encourage fusion. The medical implants, such as screws or rods, are then attached to the remaining vertebrae to provide additional stability and support during the healing process.
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Spinal Fusion & Instrumentation: What Is It?
Spinal fusion, in which the vertebrae are fused together with bone grafts and apparatus, is the procedure used to treat scoliosis in adolescents and adults. Metal rods are part of the apparatus and are affixed to the spine to maintain curvature correction.
A fusion procedure is what is it?
By inserting a second piece of bone in the gap between two or more vertebrae, spinal fusion is used to fuse them together. This lessens the chance of further irritating or compressing the neighbouring nerves, which in turn lessens pain and associated symptoms. It also helps to minimise excessive movements between 2 adjacent vertebrae.
Non-instrumented fusion: what is it?
Non-instrumented fusion entails using only bone graft and not any screws, rods, or plates. Instrumented fusion occurs when a bone graft is used together with screws, rods, or plates. Instrumentation is typically advised since it increases the likelihood of the fusion healing.
What exactly is a posterior instrumented spine fusion?
Instrumented Fusion (PIF) in the Posterior Spine Virginia Spine Institute. The implantation of screws and rods is a component of a posterior instrumented fusion. This can be carried out for deformity surgery, such as scoliosis or kyphosis, or for interbody fusion. With this surgery, cutting-edge technology can be used, giving your surgeon the ability to see where the hardware will be placed while doing the procedure.