Lumbar Disc Degeneration and Fusion


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A lumbar spine fusion is a type of back surgery designed to treat low back pain from degenerative disc disease. It is called a "spine fusion" because the surgery involves placing small morsels of bone either in the front of the spine (in the disc space) and/or along the back of the spine (in the posterolateral gutter) so that the bone grows together and fuses that section of the spine. The fusion is designed to eliminate motion in that fused segment of the spine, thereby decreasing or eliminating the back pain created by the motion