Spinal Fusion Surgery (Orthopedic)

Body Area: Back / Spine
Body Parts: Back
Symptoms: Pain
Spinal fusion surgery restricts the ability of two or more vertebrae to move in relation to another. A bone graft is used along with the body's own natural growth to fuse the vertebrae together. There are two main types of spinal fusion surgeries: posterolateral fusion, which places the bone graft in the back of the spine with screws or wire to attach a metal rod to each side of the vertebrae; or interbody fusion which removes the spinal disc and places the bone graft between the vertebrae where the disc would normally be.