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Spinal Fusion

Exciting treatment advances in spinal fusion surgery, performed by the spine specialists at the Abington Orthopedic and Spine Institute – Jefferson Health, can relieve your lower back pain and neck pain.

As a leader in spine treatment in the Philadelphia region, we are one of only a select group of hospitals offering innovative, minimally invasive spinal fusion procedures. Our highly experienced neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons specialize in care that focuses on getting you back to a pain-free life as quickly as possible.

We are honored to be named a Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery® by Independence Blue Cross.

Latest Spine Fusion Approaches

Spinal fusion joins two vertebrae together to prevent movement between them. It treats nerve compression and spinal instability, which cause neck and back pain. Spine fusion often accompanies other procedures, such as microdiscectomy and hemilaminectomy.

In minimally invasive spine fusion, our surgeons use front (anterior), back (posterior), and side mini-approaches. Fusion is speeded with advanced bone morphogenic protein and a special bone stimulator.

Minimally invasive procedures use significantly smaller incisions than in conventional, open fusion surgery. The benefit to you: a smaller scar, less muscle cutting, less pain, reduced blood loss and faster recovery.

Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)

This treatment for a diseased or herniated disc enables entry through the side of the body for minimally invasive spinal fusion. During XLIF, our surgeons access the spine laterally, at a 90-degree angle. This avoids injuring major muscles and back tissues that would be cut during traditional open surgery.

Surgeons use a special surgical retractor, small incision and neuro-physiological monitoring to avoid nerves during surgery. A polymer implant enhances the fusion.

XLIF patient benefits include less blood loss, faster recovery, less pain, ability to walk soon after surgery and no need for a back brace. The procedure is used for degenerated disc problems from L1 to L5, revision surgery and adult degenerative scoliosis.

Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion (AxiaLIF)

For patients experiencing degenerative disc disease in the L5/S1 disc space, the AxiaLIF minimally invasive method approaches the spine through a one-inch incision alongside the tailbone.

Our surgeons conduct the procedure under fluoroscopy, or continuous x-ray. AxiaLIF enables the least invasive access to the spine level without cutting surrounding soft tissue. The approach benefits younger patients and those wanting to avoid a back scar.

Open Spinal Fusion

With extensive knowledge in all types of spine fusion surgery, our specialists help those who are not candidates for minimally invasive procedures with the newest techniques in open surgery.

Artificial disc replacement is a minimally invasive alternative to spinal fusion that is suitable for some patients. Your Abington Orthopedic and Spine Institute surgeon will talk with you about all your options.

Joan Wiley

Freedom From Back and Leg Pain

"It's a life-changing procedure," says Joan Wiley, whose lumbar spinal fusion surgery ended years of pain.

Read Joan's Story

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