When is Spinal Fusion Necessary?

Because Dr. Blankenship takes a conservative approach to any type of spine surgery, a spinal fusion will be recommended only after other non-surgical treatments have failed, or if your condition can only be improved through surgery.

Some of the potential reasons Dr. Blankenship may consider spinal fusion surgery include:

  • Some types of vertebral fracture
  • Correction of a deformity such as scoliosis
  • Elimination of pain from painful motion
  • Vertebral slippage (spondylolisthesis)
  • reatment of instability
  • Treatment of some cervical disc herniations.