Lumbar Fusion is a surgical procedure performed to provide stability to the lower back.

This surgical intervention is typically recommended for patients experiencing conditions such as severe back pain, spinal instability, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, or other spinal issues that have not responded to non-surgical treatments.

What Occurs During Lumbar Fusion?

During lumbar fusion surgery, the surgeon connects two or more vertebrae in the lumbar spine to create spinal stability. This is typically achieved by placing bone graft material between the vertebrae. Over time, the graft material fuses with the existing bone, forming a solid, stable structure.

Types of Lumbar Fusion Procedures

There are various approaches to lumbar fusion, including:

  1. Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF): This approach is made through the front of the body, often via an incision over the abdomen.

  2. Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF): This approach is made through the back of the body, typically through an incision in the lower back.

  3. Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF): A variation of PLIF, this approach accesses the spine from one side.

  4. Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion: Some fusion procedures can be performed with smaller incisions and less tissue disruption, potentially leading to faster recovery times.

Why Consider Lumbar Fusion?
  • Pain Relief: Lumbar fusion aims to improve chronic lower back pain and related symptoms.

  • Spinal Stability: It helps restore stability to the spine, and may allow more aggressive nerve decompression.

  • Improved Function: By stabilising the spine, patients may experience enhanced mobility and an improved quality of life.

Your Lumbar Fusion Journey

At Sunshine Coast Orthopaedic Group, our team is committed to providing patient-centred care throughout your lumbar fusion experience. From your initial consultation to post-operative rehabilitation, we are here to support you at every stage.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are dealing with chronic lower back pain or have been recommended for lumbar fusion, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our spinal specialist. During your visit, we will assess your condition, discuss treatment options, and collaborate with you to create a personalised plan to address your pain and enhance your spinal health.

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DR David Brooks
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. David Brooks is an experienced Orthopaedic Surgeon with subspecialty fellowship training. He has a special interest in surgery of the Spine including minimally invasive spinal surgery, cervical disc replacement, anterior spinal surgery, disc surgery, spinal trauma and revision or salvage spinal surgery.

Dr. Brooks earned his medical degree from the University of Queensland Medical School. Following his medical education, he embarked on a rigorous orthopaedic training program, honing his skills at various institutions across Queensland. His commitment to excellence led him to pursue two Subspecialty Fellowships in Spine Surgery at the renowned Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital and Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand.

Dr. Brooks possesses a diverse skillset that encompasses both traditional and cutting-edge techniques. His proficiency in computer navigation and minimally invasive approaches underscores his dedication to providing patients with the most advanced and effective treatments. His passion for innovation drives him to stay at the forefront of the evolving field of spine surgery.

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