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Spinal fusion - series—Indications

Indications

Overview

Spinal fusion is a surgical technique in which one or more vertebrae are fused together to stop the motion between them.

Spinal fusion may be recommended for:

  • Abnormal curvature of the spine (scoliosis or kyphosis)
  • Injury to the spinal vertebrae
  • Protrusion of the cushioning disk between vertebrae (slipped disk, herniated nucleus pulposus)
  • Weak or unstable spine caused by infections or tumors

Update Date 9/8/2014

Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team