Why You Should Avoid Spinal Fusion (What your surgeon WON’T tell you)

SPINAL FUSION

Before you think about having lumbar spinal fusion surgery to treat your sciatica, make sure you watch the video above. 

Whenever vertebrae in the lumbar spine are fused, it becomes immovable and it comes with a price. The spine is designed to move and when an area is permanently fixed, the body compensates by placing a heavier load on surrounding structures.

When two or more vertebrae are fused, the segment above takes on a bigger workload and this leads to early degenerative disc disease and facet arthropathy; this is called Adjacent Segment Disease.

Adjacent Segment Disease can cause pain, pinching of the nerves in the low back, and pain going down the legs.

Unless you’re suffering from severe spondylolisthesis (slippage of a vertebra that’s become unstable), you should avoid spinal fusions at all costs.

More often than not, patients who have gone through a fusion are talked into having more surgeries, rely on narcotics for pain relief, and spend a lot of money on a surgery that provides no long-term benefits.

That’s why it’s important to get a second or even a third opinion to see if this procedure is absolutely necessary for your medical condition.


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