Mini 360 Lumbar Fusion
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
- Infection or tumor of the lumbar spine
- Fracture of the lumbar spine
- Dr. Doerr, Orthopedic Surgeon
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.