During this procedure, the surgeon removes a portion of one or more vertebrae, bone spurs, disk fragments and other soft tissue.
In some cases, spinal fusion may be done simultaneously to help stabilize sections of the spine, either by using bone to make a bridge between adjacent vertebrae or by using metal implants (rods, hooks, screws, etc.) to secure the vertebrae together until new bone grows between them.
Method chosen depends on:
Spinal fusion is a major surgery but might make it easier for you to move around (improve function) and relieve your pain. It can also help keep the bones from moving into positions that squeeze the spinal canal and put pressure on the spinal cord.