Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to correct problems with the small bones in the spine (vertebrae). It is essentially a “welding” process. The basic idea is to fuse together two or more vertebrae so that they heal into a single, solid bone. This is done to eliminate painful motion or to restore stability to the spine. Spine surgery is usually recommended only when your doctor can pinpoint the source of your pain. To do this, your doctor may use imaging tests, such as x-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
lumbar spinal fusion is a procedure used to treat spondylolisthesis, lumbar degenerative disc disease, spinal instability and other spine conditions.
This 3D medical animation of back surgery shows lumbar spinal fusion, a surgical procedure performed on the spine to weld two or more vertebrae together using surgical hardware and bone graft material. Spinal fusions may be done to correct a number of conditions; a fractured vertebra, excessive motion between vertebra, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, osteoarthritis, scoliosis or kyphosis and a bulging or herniated disc.
Spinal Fusion surgery is usually performed by orthopedic spine surgeons. All spinal fusions use some type of bone material, called a bone graft, to help promote the fusion. Most auto grafts are harvested from an area of the pelvis called the “iliac crest.” One alternative to harvesting a bone graft is an allograft, which is cadaver bone. An allograft is typically acquired through a bone bank. Generally, the joint or joints between the damaged or painful disks are removed by the surgeons and small pieces of bone are placed into the space between the vertebrae to be fused. Fusion will take away some spinal flexibility, but most spinal fusions involve only small segments of the spine and do not limit motion very much. After fully heal, patients are able to do all routine activities same as before.
This is done to eliminate painful motion or to restore stability to the spine. Spinal fusion may help relieve symptoms of many back problems, including:
1. Degenerative disk disease
3. Spinal stenosis
5. Fractured vertebra
7. Herniated disk
A hospital stay of two to three days is usually required following spinal fusion. How long depends on many things, like your general fitness level and if you have any other medical conditions. Feeling pain in the back after surgery is normal. You can use prescribed painkillers or injections during this time. Recovering from back surgery takes commitment and work. It could take 6 weeks to some months for your back to fully heal. So, for doing heavy activities such as running, climbing or even driving you have to wait.
Spinal fusion surgery in Iran is performed by the most expert professionals in the best hospitals such as Mostafa Khomeini Hospital, Pastorno_ Hospital and Ebnesina Hospital. Although the cost of spinal fusion surgery is lower than other countries, the success rate is considerably high.
The cost of spinal fusion surgery in Iran compared to some competitive countries with the same technology.
• Surgery method and treatment
• Anesthesia (Full or partial)
• Special medical care before or after surgery
• Hospitalization cost
• Instruments used in the body during surgery (Hooks, Nuts, miles)
• Grafting material
• Unpredictable event which may extend the time of hospitalization
With regard to this fact that spinal fusion surgery needs to be performed by expert surgeons with advanced equipment and technologies, most of the countries in the Middle East are not able to perform it in their countries. Iran is one of the rare countries in the Middle East affords to do spinal fusion surgery with a high successful rate. For this reason, a lot of patients from all over the worlds such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Dubai suffering from back diseases travel to our country to perform spinal fusion surgery by our expert surgeons.
There are few medical care centers in our Neighboring Countries such as Jadira Private Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq and Spine Specialty Hospital in Basra, Iraq developed to perform spinal fusion surgery in the recent years. However, there is no specialty hospital to do spinal fusion surgery among our other neighbors such as Afghanistan or Azerbaijan.
Some other Asian countries including S.Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Malysian, Singapur, Jordan and India are also developed to perform spinal fusion surgery. Nevertheless, It is notable that the cost of spinal fusion surgery in Iran is the lowest among them (anout 10,000 $). For example the cost of this surgery in S.Korea is about 17,000 $ which is the most expensive one.