Anyone who has experienced low back pain would agree that the immobilizing
pain and the inability to enjoy lifelong activities drastically worsens
the quality of life. Even though low back pain is one the most common
medical problems in American adults, many find that therapy, rehab, and
medications fail to reduce their back pain and improve their lives.
Many Americans feel there is little hope for improving spine pain, but
modern surgical alternatives can drastically reduce or eliminate back
pain. If your lower back pain is the result of a fracture, disc degeneration,
arthritis, or a spinal tumor, spinal fusion surgery can provide long-term
relief so you can regain your quality of life.
Spinal fusion surgery fuses two or more vertebrae with bone grafts to immobilize
a section of the spine. Fusing the vertebrae seems contradictory to the
rehabilitative nature of the surgery, but since most types of back pain
worsen with movement, the fusion eliminates the potential for mobility
that causes pain. Fusing the vertebrae also reduces damage to surrounding
ligaments, nerves, and muscles, all of which can become irritated and
strained in response to spinal problems.
This type of surgery is often performed with a laparoscope. This modern,
minimally invasive approach minimizes the impact of surgery on surrounding
tissues, reduces post-op complications, and often leads to a faster recovery.
With help from Dr. Rebecca Kuo at MK Orthopaedics, you can expect
comprehensive care to address back pain with services that include lumbar and cervical spine fusion, micro-discectomy,
spinal decompression, and non-surgical treatment modalities. We serve
Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Shorewood, and you can schedule appointments
with our surgical team at (815) 741-6900.