Spinal Fusion : A Form Of Degenerative Disc Disease Essay

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Spinal Fusion is an operation with the use of general anesthesia in which two or more vertebrae are surgically connected in your spine; eliminating, the movement of the vertebrae. Spinal fusion involves techniques, which are designed to mimic the normal healing process of broken bones. During a spinal fusion, the surgeon will place bone or a bonelike material within the space between two spinal vertebrae. Metal plates, screws and rods may also be utilized to hold the vertebrae together, so they can heal into one solid unit.
Since spinal fusion immobilizes parts of your spine; it changes the way your spine can move; thus adding additional stress, and strain on the vertebrae above and below the fused portion, which in time, may increase the degeneration rate in those specific areas of your spine. (Staff, n.d.)
Indications
There are many reasons for a patient to undergo spinal fusion, and some of these indications may include spinal stenosis, which is a form of degenerative disc disease that impacts the nerve roots or spinal cord by compressing together. (John H. Shim, n.d.) Scheuermann’s disease or Scheuermann’s kyphosis. This disease is the outward curvature of the thoracic spine. (Paul C. McAfee, n.d.) Another factor could be scoliosis; which is the abnormal side-to-side curvature of the spine. The spinal curve may develop as a single curve shaped like the letter C or as two curves shaped like the letter S. (Scoliosis Health Center, n.d.)
CPT Codes/ICD-10 Codes
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