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Lumbar Interbody Fusion, or IBF, is a type of spinal surgery used to treat back pain caused by degenerative disc disease.
In this surgical procedure, one of our expert surgeons partially removes the disc and bone grafts are used in the empty disc space. The bone graft material fuses together, connecting the vertebral bodies and providing stability to the spine.
* All recovery periods vary depending on the person or severity of the condition.
Degenerative disc disease can cause a number of different complications for patients. When we age, our spine ages, and this can involve the wearing down of the discs in between our vertebrae. The discs thin out and become less flexible; sometimes there is weakening of the outer layer of the discs, which can lead to disc “leakage” and herniated discs.
This can make movement of your spine painful. People who are obese, people who smoke, and people who perform strenuous activity (with heavy, repetitive lifting) are more prone to degenerative disc disease.
When patients experience significant pain and do not see improvement with more conservative treatments, lumbar interbody fusion surgery might be considered.
There are many approaches to lumbar spinal fusion surgery, which involves adding bone graft to an area of the spine. This provokes a biological response, causing the bone graft to grow between the two vertebral elements and fuse together, stabilizing the segment and relieving pain.
If your symptoms and conditions require more than a conservative approach to treatment, your doctor may recommend lumbar interbody fusion.
Most spinal fusion procedures like IBF will require two to three days in a hospital bed to ensure proper healing.
Strenuous physical activity like heavy lifting is restricted for several weeks after the surgery. Physical therapy is recommended to help the patient recover strength and flexibility. It is usually several months before the bone grafts completely fuse with the rest of the spine.
Most insurance companies will offer coverage for an IBF procedure, if it’s considered medically necessary and cannot be treated with more conservative approaches (such as medication and physical therapy). You’ll need to contact your insurance company to determine the level of coverage provided.
If you have questions about this procedure or would like to consult with Q Spine Institute about possible treatment plans for your spinal condition, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment! We look forward to helping you.
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