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Spinal fusion - series - Indications

  
Indications

Spinal fusion is a surgical technique in which one or more vertebrae are fused together to stop the motion between them.

Spinal fusion may be recommended for:

  • Abnormal curvature of the spine (scoliosis or kyphosis)
  • Injury to the spinal vertebrae
  • Protrusion of the cushioning disk between vertebrae (slipped disk, herniated nucleus pulposus)
  • Weak or unstable spine caused by infections or tumors


Review Date: 4/16/2013
Reviewed By: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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