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Spinal Fusion Specialist

Subach Spinal Solutions

Spine Surgeons & Back Pain Doctor located in Arlington, VA

When your back pain persists despite medical treatment or your spine becomes unstable due to an injury or degenerative condition, it may be time to consider spinal fusion. At Subach Spinal Solutions in Arlington, Virginia, Brian Subach, MD, FACS, Diana DeWolfe, PA-C, MPAS, and the team specialize in comprehensive spine care, including minimally invasive surgery to fuse vertebrae. To learn how you can get pain relief with a spinal fusion, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Spinal Fusion Q & A

What is spinal fusion?

A spinal fusion is a surgical procedure to permanently connect two or more adjoining vertebrae, using bone graft material that allows two vertebrae to grow together into one bone.

After you have a spinal fusion, movement between the vertebrae is restricted. As a result, your pain improves and your spine regains strength and stability.

When might I need a spinal fusion?

Your provider at Subach Spinal Solutions may recommend a spinal fusion if you fracture a vertebra or you have an osteoporotic compression fracture. They may treat spinal deformities like kyphosis and scoliosis with a spinal fusion.

More commonly, however, spinal fusions restore stability to your spine after you have surgery to decompress nerves or remove a herniated disc.

Spine conditions that may require surgical repair with a fusion include:

  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Slipped disc
  • Degenerative disc disease

A spinal fusion also restores stability when the spine is weakened by an infection or a tumor.

How do surgeons perform a spinal fusion?

To perform a spinal fusion, your doctor at Subach Spinal Solutions removes the disc and places a bone graft between the two vertebrae. A bone graft may consist of a small piece of bone removed from another part of your body, such as your hip. You may also receive one of several bone graft substitutes in place of your own bone.

The graft material stimulates growth between the two bones. As each vertebra produces new bone and grows toward the graft, the two parts form one solid bone.

What are the types of minimally invasive spinal surgeries?

Subach Spinal Solutions offers a variety of minimally invasive spinal surgeries designed to alleviate your chronic pain and halt degeneration. Some of the most common procedures include anterior lumbar interbody fusion and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF).

Anterior lumbar interbody fusion

During an anterior lumbar interbody fusion procedure, the team accesses your spine through your abdomen to fuse two vertebrae together. The fusion halts the movement between your bones, which is the root cause of your pain. The team then places a spacer between the vertebrae where the disc once was.

Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)

During minimally invasive TLIF, micro-tools and graduate dilators are used to access the side of your spine. A portion of your vertebrae bone is removed to allow the team to reach the disc and remove it. Bone graft material is then placed inside of your vertebrae for the fusion to occur.

Will I have minimally invasive surgery for my spinal fusion?

The team at Subach Spinal Solutions specializes in minimally invasive procedures, including robotic spine surgery. Minimally invasive procedures use a small incision to access your spine. Your surgeon uses a retractor to gently separate muscle fibers rather than cutting through the muscle. As a result, you have less postoperative pain and your recovery is quicker.

Your doctor at Subach Spinal Solutions may use the Mazor robotic guidance system. This cutting-edge technology allows your doctor to create a customized surgery plan, then provides real-time imaging and guidance to ensure precise spine surgery.

If you suffer from back pain, call Subach Spinal Solutions or schedule an appointment online to see if you’re a good candidate for spinal fusion.