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Spinal fusion - series

Normal anatomy
Normal anatomy

Indications
Indications

Incision
Incision

Procedure: Posterolateral gutter fusion
Procedure: Posterolateral gutter fusion

Interbody cage fusion
Interbody cage fusion

Pedicle screw
Pedicle screw

   

Pedicle screw

Spinal fusion  - series : Pedicle screw

Pedicle screws are used sometimes in a spinal fusion to add extra support and strength to the fusion while it heals. Pedicle screws are placed above and below the vertebrae that were fused. A rod is used to connect the screws which prevents movement and allows the bone graft to heal. After the fusion is completely healed, the screws and rods can be removed. Removal isn't necessary unless they cause the patient discomfort.





 

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Review Date : 5/25/2010
Reviewed By : A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, and David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery (3/4/2009).


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