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 Conditions and
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Spinal Instrumentation and Fusion

Spinal instrumentation is a generic term for surgical procedures that incorporate the use of screws, rods, cages, plates, and/or cylinders. These are medically designed implants or spinal implants.

Fusion simply means the addition of bone (bone graft) and may be used in conjunction with spinal implants. When fusion and implants are combined, it can provide structural support where the spine has failed. Fusion is similar concrete (bone grafts) reinforced with steel (instrumentation).

When redundant vertebral motion (same repeated action) places constant pressure on surrounding nerves, pain may result. Fusion stops the movement and either eliminates or reduces the pain.

With spinal instrumentation and fusion working together, the patient may be able to get up the day following surgery. Before medically designed implants were available, bone grafting (bone tissue) simply was not enough to provide immediate spinal stability. In those days, the patient was put into a plaster body cast to hold everything still so the area could fuse. Using implants, the bone actually may grow around the rods and/or other spinal implants ... similar to reinforced concrete.

SOURCE: NeuroSurgery.org

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