Spinal Fusion Surgery – Imperfect, But Often Necessary

Paul Saiz, MD, owns Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates in New Mexico. In addition to his roles as board member and treasurer for the medical practice, Paul Saiz, MD, treats patients as a surgeon specializing in spinal operations and fusion procedures.

Spinal fusion procedures are complex and are often undertaken to treat spinal imbalance and instability, painful discs, infections, or even tumors. Essentially, two vertebrae are fused in this procedure with carefully placed screws, cages, or plates of bone-like material. With time, the bones grow together and help to stabilize the patient’s spine. Although often the only option to provide patients with relief from chronic pain, fusion surgery has also been met with criticism.

Spinal surgeons and other spine specialists more frequently encounter back surgery patients who have experienced negative results than those who have enjoyed a positive outcome. Typically, patients who do well do not follow up. Fusion surgery is a poor option for some, especially those who do not have a concrete diagnosis on the source and cause of their pain. However, many documented cases show fusion surgery improving activity levels and helping with pain. Any type of spinal surgery should be considered very carefully before action is taken.

About Paul Saiz MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon in Las Cruces, New Mexico. President of Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates Supporter of CFC club soccer teams & Team Physician New Mexico State University
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