Mini 360 Lumbar Fusion

Mini 360 Lumbar Fusion Boise

What is Minimally Invasive Anterior/Posterior Lumbar Fusion?

Also known as Mini 360-Degree Lumbar Fusion, Minimally Invasive Anterior/Posterior Lumbar Fusion, is a spinal surgery commonly performed for fusing the lumbar vertebrae from the anterior as well as the posterior side of the spine. During this procedure, small incisions are made anterior in the abdominal area and posterior in the lower back area. The use of smaller incisions results in minimized pain, quicker recovery, less bleeding and less muscle damage than more extensive fusions. The surgery goal is to stop abnormal movements at the involved level of the spine, which are causing painful symptoms.

Many types of methods are used for fusing the lumbar spine; however, Mini 350 Lumbar Fusion has proven one of the most successful methods. Typically, two surgeons perform this surgery- one who accesses the spine from the anterior side and another who approached the spine from the back. Dr. Doerr specializes in Mini 360 Lumbar Fusions, with Dr. Williams as the second surgeon.

Minimally Invasive Anterior/Posterior Lumbar Fusion can be used to Treat...

This type of surgery may be necessary to treat the following conditions:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Infection or tumor of the lumbar spine
  • Fracture of the lumbar spine

- Dr. Doerr, Orthopedic Surgeon

Mini 360 Lumbar Fusion Boise

Why Your Doctor Might Recommend is Minimally Invasive Anterior/Posterior Lumbar Fusion

Your orthopedic doctor will likely recommend conservative treatment options like pain medications or physical therapy before recommending surgery. However, if you don’t see an improvement in symptoms, you may be recommended spinal surgery by your doctor.

By fusing both the front and back parts of vertebrae, a larder surface area is provided for the bones to fuse together, and a high degree of stability is provided for the spine. Many studies have shown that fusing both sides of the spine does lead to a high fusion rate (more than 95% of these surgeries lead to solid fusion). According to some surgeons, if fusion is achieved through the anterior and posterior approach, the patient can be mobilized earlier during the post-operative period.

What Does Recovering from a Mini 360 Lumbar Fusion Look Like

Most patients stay at the hospital for about 1 to 2 days. After the surgery, you may feel some pain, but your doctor will prescribe pain medications to prevent post-operative pain and discomfort. Fusion of the bones takes time; it may take several months for the bones to fuse completely, although your comfort level will improve faster. While your body heals, the spine should be kept in proper alignment. Your doctor will ask you to wear a brace or a corset to restrict bending and promote healing of the spine. You will also work with a healthcare team on how to sit, stand, walk, and reposition properly.

As your symptoms gradually improve, so will your activity level. Initially, you may be recommended by your doctor to do only light activities like walking. As strength increases, your activity level will also increase. You will likely begin physical therapy 4-6 weeks after the surgery, giving your spine time to heal. Your doctor will advise you against actions that may cause damage, including twisting and bending backward.

If you notice an increase in redness, bleeding, swelling, or if you have a fever, you should always call your doctor. Following your doctor's instructions is very important during your recovery process, especially when it comes to working, exercise, physical therapy, diet and follow-up visits.

Visit an Orthopedic Specialist at Capital Surgical Associates

Timothy Doerr, MD has a passion for helping others. Our staff has a combined 50+ years of orthopedic excellence dedicated to the people of the Boise area. All of our surgeons are board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.


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Dr. Doerr and all of his staff have been wonderful during my whole experience with a total hip replacement surgery. The care they gave to me during each facet of the surgery made me feel confident and secure. I received follow up phone calls each week to make sure that everything was going well, this from Dr. Doerr himself. If I did call back with a question the staff was right there to help me. I have never received such personal treatment from a medical establishment. My experience at the Treasure Valley Hospital was the same. It is great comfort to know that we have this facility in the valley that provides such quality of care and at a reasonable cost.