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Spinal Fusion Surgery

Spinal fusion surgery is used to treat a variety of spine conditions. It is typically used to treat conditions in the lower back and neck.

What is Spinal Fusion?

Spinal fusion is a surgical treatment that fuses (joins) two vertebrae (spinal bones) together. It is often performed in combination with other back surgeries.

Spinal Fusion at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Spine surgeons at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s Spine Service combine experience, expertise, and innovation to offer the most appropriate surgical approaches for treating difficult spine conditions. Spinal fusion may be performed in the following cases:

  • In combination with other surgical procedures for spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column), such as laminectomy (vertebra removal) or foraminotomy (widening of the space where nerves leave the spinal column)
  • Scoliosis (side-to-side curvature), kyphosis (front-to-back curvature), or other abnormal curvatures
  • Following a discectomy (vertebra removal) in the neck
  • Vertebral fractures/injuries
  • Unstable spine caused by infections or tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis – when a vertebra slips out from underneath and then gets wedged on top of another vertebra

Orthopaedic Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery provides diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, including the bones and joints of the arms, legs, and spine, and nerves, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

Patient- and Family-focused Care

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has long been committed to not only the care of our patients, but also the many other needs that they and their families have. This philosophy of patient- and family-focused care – involving systems and services that emphasize healing in a comfortable, relaxed environment – is a guiding force behind the care we provide at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Quality of Patient Care

BWH is committed to providing all of our patients with the safest, highest-quality, most-satisfying care possible and follow established protocols that have been shown to improve patient outcomes. Our Inpatient Satisfaction Survey, sent to patients’ to assess their total care experience, helps us to monitor what we are doing well and areas for improvement. We pride ourselves in the Quality of Patient Care we provide and how we are measured compared with other hospitals.

Brigham and Women’s Spine Care Team

Our spine surgeons work closely with our spine physiatrists (also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors), who specialize in non-surgical interventions. They, along with physicians at the Pain Management Center, collaborate to achieve an accurate diagnosis and offer comprehensive non-operative and operative care options.

Contact Us

If you believe you should have an evaluation and would like to schedule an appointment with one of our spine experts, call 1-800-294-9999 to speak to one of our knowledgeable coordinators who can help connect you to the doctor that best meets your needs, or fill out an online appointment request form.


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