What is Lumbar Spinal Fusion?

Category: Surgeries

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Spinal fusion is a surgical technique used to combine two or more vertebrae. This procedure is used primarily to eliminate the pain caused by abnormal motion of the vertebrae by immobilizing the vertebrae themselves.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain in lower back 26 9
Doctor recommendation 22 8
Degenerative disc disease 21 11
Back pain 3 1
Spondylolisthesis 3 0

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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 6
Moderate 3
Mild 7
None 6

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lumbar Spinal Fusion

Side effect Patients
Back pain 5
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 3
Arthritis pain 2
Limited range of motion 2
Muscle spasms 2
Numbness 2

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Why patients stopped taking Lumbar Spinal Fusion

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently having Lumbar Spinal Fusion

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped having Lumbar Spinal Fusion

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 62
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 14
Usually 2
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 5
Not specified 13
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1 patient evaluation for Lumbar Spinal Fusion

May 20, 1998 (Started May 20, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Doctor recommendation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: One time

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