A pedicle screw is used in spinal surgery to act as an anchor point for rods used in surgery. In lumbar pedicle screw fixation, the screws are placed at two or three adjoining spine segments, and are connected with a rod between them. This construct provides a stable environment for spinal fusion of the segments, and allows for immediate stability of the spine and quicker recovery for the patient.
There are several reasons that you might experience instability of the spine, including degenerative disease, trauma, or cancer. The decreased stability can cause a number of different complications, and the integrity of your spine is compromised. The condition can also cause pain during normal, everyday activities.
When conservative treatments like physical therapy or medication fail to provide relief or stability to the spinal region, the structural integrity of the spine can be restored through a stabilization surgery.
Lumbar pedicle screw fixation is a procedure intended to eliminate movement across the unstable portion of the spine and relieve pain. Fixation provides you with immediate stability, by inserting metallic pedicle screws into the spine segments, which are then connected by metallic rods. Long-term stability is achieved through the fusion of these segments.
When treatments like medication and physical therapy are not enough to help provide stability to the spinal column, your doctor might recommend a lumbar pedicle screw fixation procedure.
Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care patients can expect to spend two to three days in the hospital for the procedure. Pain medication is administered following the surgery, along with physical therapy to help you return to their normal daily activities.
Strenuous activity is to be avoided in the four to six weeks following the procedure, then increased depending on your tolerance. Physical therapy and patient evaluations are a part of the follow up for this procedure, to monitor the progression of bone fusion.
If you have any questions about lumbar pedicle screw fixation or your spinal condition, make an appointment with Dr. Joseph Weinstein and the Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care today! We look forward to helping you.