What Conditions Can a Spinal Fusion Treat?

Spinal fusion Spinal fusion is where the vertebrae of your spine are fused together using bone tissue, a metal plate, and screws to stabilize the spine and correct different conditions affecting the spine.

The procedure is similar to the fusion of other joints but requires specific nervous system care because the spinal cord is an extension of the central nervous system. We’ll be taking a closer look at the different conditions a spinal fusion can treat to help better understand what treatments are right for your spinal issues.

Herniated Disks

Disks are gel-like substances in between the vertebrae of the spine. These disks can rupture from injuries and stress on the spine. While the symptoms from herniated disks usually resolve themselves naturally, surgery can sometimes be required to remove the herniated disk. The removal of a herniated disk can destabilize the spine and cause complications. A spinal fusion could be required to stabilize the spine after the removal of a disk.


Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a vertebra in your spine slips forward and out of alignment. It most commonly affects the lower back (lumbar spine). This can be caused by injury, thin spinal disks, or weakened bones.

Surgery may be required to correct severe spondylolisthesis cases where a compressed nerve is causing extremity numbness and discomfort. Spinal fusion is one such surgical option.

Broken Vertebrae

Vertebrae are the connective bones that make up the spine and allow your abdomen to bend. Broken vertebrae, also known as spinal fractures, are where a vertebra has been damaged. Spinal fractures are normally caused by injuries or bone conditions like osteoporosis. While corrective treatment is the first step, severe cases of broken vertebrae may require spinal fusion to restore stability and function to the spine.

Spinal Instability Treatment Across New Jersey

Many conditions and injuries can lead to instability in the spine. That’s why Dr. John D. Lipani with Princeton Neurological Surgery provides spinal fusion as part of his many spine care surgical options. As a top neurosurgeon and spine surgeon in New Jersey, Dr. Lipani provides his neurological expertise for spinal treatments to maximize success and long-term patient comfort.

If you’re experiencing spinal instability, contact one of the Princeton Neurological Surgery offices in Hamilton, Bridgewater, Morristown, or Paramus, NJ, to schedule an appointment.

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