Spinal Fusion

Neurosurgeons & Spine Specialists located in Atlanta, GA
Spinal Fusion

Spinal Fusion services offered in Atlanta, GA

If you have degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, recurrent herniated discs, or other ongoing spine issues, spinal fusion could be the answer to chronic pain and instability. At the private neurosurgery practice of premier board-certified specialist Dr. Max Steuer, MD, and talented physician assistant Carter Cooper, PAC, you can learn about the full spectrum of treatment options, from nonsurgical care to spinal fusion. Book your appointment by calling the Atlanta, Georgia, office today.

Spinal Fusion Q&A

What is spinal fusion?

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that connects two or more vertebrae (spinal bones) permanently. 

Normally, the discs between each spinal vertebra enable smooth movement and excellent flexibility. However, if there’s a problem with the discs, the vertebrae, or both, the spine doesn’t move as it should, and you could experience frequent pain.

Spinal fusion eliminates unstable movement and removes the source of your pain. 

What happens during spinal fusion?

In spinal fusion surgery, Dr. Steuer uses minimally invasive techniques with short incisions to remove damaged or diseased discs between your vertebrae. 

He replaces it with surgical devices and secures the two vertebrae together with internal hardware. The two bones then heal as a single unit.  

After spinal fusion, physical therapy and a home exercise plan can help you return to doing the things you love.

When might I need spinal fusion?

Spinal fusion can be a lasting treatment for numerous problems, including: 

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Scoliosis and other spine deformities

  • Severe spinal arthritis

  • Recurrent herniated disc

  • Vertebral fractures due to osteoporosis or other causes

  • Spinal stenosis

  • Slipped vertebrae (spondylolisthesis)

  • Spinal cord compression

Spinal fusion can be a solution for back or neck pain and correct spinal instability, thereby reducing the risk of future problems.

Is spinal fusion right for me?

Dr. Steuer generally treats spine problems using conservative approaches where possible. Physical therapy, lifestyle changes, and injections often ease pain and help patients get back to a more active life. 

But, if you’re experiencing ongoing back or neck pain and are at risk for further problems, he may recommend spinal fusion. Some patients with chronic back or neck pain could be good candidates for alternative procedures like microdiscectomy or artificial disc replacement. 

Procedures like microdiscectomy and artificial disc replacement aren’t ideal for people with problems like osteoporosis or severe rheumatoid arthritis. However, spinal fusion may be a good fit because it stabilizes the weakened bones by combining them into one unit. 

Max Steuer, MD, offers a road to full recovery through spinal fusion. If you have lingering back and neck pain, call the Atlanta office to book your consultation with Dr. Steuer now.