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Bone Grafts in Spine Surgery

Bone grafts in spine surgery are most commonly used to help fuse vertebrae together during a spinal fusion surgery. A bone graft is a tiny piece of bone that acts as the cement to fuse the vertebrae together. Bone grafting can be done with three different types of grafts:

  • Autograft – pieces of a patient’s own bone
  • Allograft –

Smoking And Back Pain

The news that smoking is bad for you is hardly groundbreaking. Smoking has been linked to serious diseases like lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease. Did you know that smoking and back pain are also related? That’s right, if you’re a smoker and are experiencing back pain, smoking is probably part of the issue.

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ALIF anterior lumbar interbodyfusion

ALIF Procedure

ALIF stands for anterior lumbar interbody fusion. The ALIF procedure is performed to remove a large portion of a degenerated disc that is frequently the source of back pain. It is called an anterior procedure because the spine is approached from the front of the body avoiding potential damage to the low back muscles.

How is an ALIF performed?

Herniated Disc Surgery

Cervical discectomy procedures are performed to relieve the pressure on nerves from a herniated disc. A disc herniates when the outer portion of the disc ruptures and some of the softer disc nucleus material squeezes out. The herniated disc pushes against the spinal cord or spinal nerves and causes pain in the neck or arms.

Spine for spinal fusion surgery

How is Spine Fusion Done?

During spine fusion surgery, your surgeon locks together, or fuses the bones in your spine. This limits the movement of these bones, which may help to relieve your pain. Your back or neck may not be as flexible after a fusion but may feel more flexible because you can move with less pain.

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