What is Lumbar Sacral Spinal Fusion?

Category: Surgeries


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

Show all 11 reasons taken

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations

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


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 18
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
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
  • 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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