Issues related to the vertebrae in the lower back (lumbar region) are usually addressed using non-surgical solutions, such as physical therapy and medications. But if conservative solutions don’t produce the desired results, your spine surgeon may resort to lumbar spinal fusion. This procedure fuses two vertebrae together to address issues related to chronic lower back pain and mobility. Dr. Behnam Salari uses minimally invasive techniques to perform your lumbar fusion in Morristown.
Your Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery
Dr. Salari curates a personalized treatment plan for your lumbar spinal fusion surgery. The specific steps of the procedure differ from one patient to the next, but we can provide a general overview. Your spinal surgeon will make a small incision in your lower back — the specific location depends on the location of the damaged vertebrae. The surgeon may remove the muscles and tissues in the area to access the damaged vertebrae or discs.
After accessing the damaged vertebrae, the surgeon will customize the treatment according to your needs. He may perform a lumbar laminectomy to remove excess bone tissues or a lumbar discectomy to remove the damaged intervertebral discs responsible for chronic pain. After the damaged components are removed in your lumbar fusion in Morristown, the surgeon will place bone grafts to facilitate natural bone regeneration and use titanium screws and rods to join the vertebrae and restore optimal spinal stability.
Recovering from Lumbar Spinal Fusion
Dr. Salari generally performs minimally invasive lumbar spine surgeries that allow you to return home within a few days. You may need pain medications for the first few days to reduce the pain and discomfort. It may take several months for your vertebrae to grow and fuse together, but you can resume most of your daily activities within a week or two. Dr. Salari will provide a comprehensive set of aftercare guidelines to improve your recovery journey.
Contact Dr. Salari for Lumbar Spinal Fusion
Dr. Behnam Salari is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery techniques. He administers advanced diagnostic tests, such as CT scans and MRIs to identify and treat the root cause of your problems. His treatments usually start with non-surgical solutions, such as physical therapy and lifestyle changes. But if the conservative treatments don’t work, he performs minimally invasive spine surgeries, such as lumbar spinal fusion.
For more information about lumbar surgery in Morristown, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Salari at our state-of-the-art offices in Morristown, Hackettstown, Sparta, or Randolph in New Jersey.