Spine Fusion

Spine Fusion services offered in Century City, Los Angeles and Marina Del Rey, Marina Del Rey, CA

Spine Fusion

If you’re experiencing chronic back or neck pain that is not responding to nonsurgical treatments, spine fusion may be the solution. Neil Bhamb, MD, a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, specializes in performing spinal fusion using minimally invasive techniques, computer-assisted navigation and image guidance, and robotic surgery.  Find out if spine fusion could help you by calling the office in Century City or Marina Del Rey, California, or using the online booking form today.

Spine Fusion Q & A

What is spine fusion?

Spine fusion, also called spinal fusion, is a treatment that can address several common causes of back or neck pain. The procedure is performed to stop excessive or painful movement in your spine by fusing vertebrae (back bones) so that they form a single, rigid piece of bone. 

While fusing vertebrae can limit your movement in the treated area of your spine, because your pain improves so significantly, your overall mobility should be much more significant.

When should I consider spine fusion?

Spine fusion may be a good option for you if you're suffering from conditions of your cervical spine (neck) and lumbar spine (lower back), such as:

  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Vertebral compression fractures
  • Injury or fractures to the bones in the spine
  • Weakness or instability caused by infections or tumors
  • Spinal tumor
  • Abnormal curvatures such as scoliosis
  • Arthritis in the spine, such as spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Many patients find that their neck or back pain is resolved through physical therapy, medication, and activity modification. Other nonsurgical options, like acupuncture, epidural steroid injections, and radiofrequency ablation for more persistent cases, are also available.

Only when these methods aren't achieving the symptom relief you need would Dr. Bhamb recommend spine fusion. He always takes a compassionate and holistic approach to spine care.

What can I expect during spinal fusion?

During spinal fusion, Dr. Bhamb removes the damaged disc material and other excess tissues. He then uses a bone graft to connect two or more vertebrae. Over time, the bone graft will stimulate the growth of new bone, resulting in the permanent fusion of the vertebrae.

Spine fusion is typically performed under general anesthesia, and the procedure may take several hours to complete. Dr. Bhamb typically uses minimally invasive spine surgery methods, although the specific technique Dr. Bhamb uses to perform your spinal fusion depends on the reason for your surgery and factors like your age, weight, and general health. 

To find out more about the relief of chronic back or neck pain and your options for spine fusion, call Neil Bhamb, MD, today or book an appointment online.