What is Lumbar Sacral Spinal Fusion?

Category: Surgeries

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Lumbar (lower back) sacral (tailbone) spinal fusion is a type of back surgery where the back bones are fused together so that they heal into a single, solid bone. Fusing the bones together minimizes movement between the bones and decreases stretching of nerves, surrounding ligaments and muscles.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 8 5
Bulging disc 7 5
Inability to walk 4 1
Degenerative disc disease 3 1
Bulging disk lower L4 and L5 2 1
Herniated disc 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 4
Mild 2
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lumbar Sacral Spinal Fusion

Side effect Patients
Pain in lower back 4
Back pain 3
Chronic pain 2
Agitation with irritability 1
Balance problems 1
Limited range of motion 1

Show all 14 reported side effects

Duration

Currently having Lumbar Sacral Spinal Fusion

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped having Lumbar Sacral Spinal Fusion

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 19
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 0
Not specified 8
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1 patient evaluation for Lumbar Sacral Spinal Fusion

Oct 10, 1997 (Started Oct 10, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bulging disc)
  • Side effects
    Severe (pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: Make sure it is a last resort try everything you can before you let anyone cut on you. The Fusion didn't take for me and I still live in pain everyday, severe pain. The only reason I am glad that I had the procedure is if I didn't I wouldn't be walking today. I just want you to know they gave me a 50% chance of success when they went in to do the surgery and the surgeon said that was the standard that they go by. people be sure it is a last resort.

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