Are you considering spinal fusion surgery as a way to resolve your back pain? It’s good you’re doing your homework, because there are things you should know about the procedure—and its aftermath—that might affect your decision. While most people are aware that this type of surgery is perceived negatively, it isn’t always clear why. This article is intended to address the most common concerns and questions about back fusion so that you can make an informed decision moving forward.
SIX COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT SPINAL FUSION SURGERY
1 What’s the success rate of back fusion surgery?
This is by far the most important question to ask. But what is “success”? From a patient’s perspective, success means a significant improvement in pain and minimal surgery. Using those standards, the data collected over the years about spinal fusion success rates generally indicates that fusion has a high rate of failure: