It has been reported that four out of every five people will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives. Suffering from lower back pain can be debilitating and cause people to put their lives on pause. While back pain may go away from at home care like icing it or resting, if the pain persists or worsens after several weeks, then it may be time to consult a medical professional. When speaking with a back and spine specialist, they can help you determine what may be causing your pain in the first place. Additionally, a doctor can go over what treatment options may be best for your needs. Lateral lumbar interbody fusion is a treatment that is used to help treat disc problems in the lower back that may cause you pain. If you think that lateral lumbar interbody fusion may be the right treatment for you, it is important that you speak to an experienced back and spine specialist.
Lateral lumbar interbody fusion is a type of minimally invasive surgery. A minimally invasive surgery is beneficial to patients in many ways and is designed to avoid disturbing the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other tissues that are typically affected by traditional open back surgery methods.
This procedure involves a back and spine surgeon accessing the affected vertebrae in the lower back, also known as the lumbar, through the patient’s side. By entering through the side rather than through the abdomen or back of the patient, the surgeon is able to cause less trauma to the surrounding tissues in the affected area. This minimally invasive surgery involves the surgeon creating incisions that are about the size of a keyhole as opposed to the incisions in traditional open back surgery that are typically five inches or more. Lateral lumbar interbody fusion is used to treat symptoms associated with impinged or irritated nerve roots or the spinal cord discs. Because this treatment is minimally invasive, most patients can expect to be recovered within a few months.
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Aside from the fact that the lateral lumbar interbody fusion allows for surgeons to avoid entering into the lower back and affecting the sensitive muscles, bones, and ligaments there, there are many other advantages to this method that make this treatment a favored option for patients suffering from lower back pain. When the surgery is complete, patients are left with less operative pain, complete disc removal, and implant insertion. Some other advantages of lateral lumbar interbody fusion surgery include:
Traditional open back surgery can take up to five hours. When you opt for the lateral lumbar interbody fusion approach, your procedure may be completed in as little as one hour. This also reduces the amount of time that you would be under anesthesia.
When you choose a less invasive surgery option, there is less tissue disruption. This reduces the amount of scarring and bleeding.
For many, one of the most frightening parts of surgery is the postoperative pain that is sure to follow. However, when a minimally invasive surgical method is used, the pain is often reduced greatly as opposed to when a traditional surgical method is used.
After going through a big surgery like back or spine surgery, most patients just want to go home. However, when traditional open back surgery is done, most patients have to stay in the hospital for several days. If you opt for lateral lumbar interbody fusion, you will only need to stay overnight in the hospital in most cases.
Compared to the six months or more that it takes for patients of traditional open back surgery to recover, lateral lumbar interbody fusion patients are often fully recovered in about six weeks.
If you are unsure if lateral lumbar interbody fusion is the best treatment option for your lower back pain, speak with one of our board-certified surgeons or take our treatment finder survey.
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If you are suffering from lower back pain, the root cause of your pain may be due to a serious issue. If your back pain has not stopped for several weeks, it may be time to consult a medical professional.
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