Chronic back pain is the most common activity-limiting condition affecting young adults? Consequently, millions of people aged 18 to 34 are destined to spend the next 60 years living with back pain if left untreated.
Knowing the increased probability of future complications with fusion, Dr. Bae and his team of world-class physicians have dedicated themselves to finding new, cutting-edge fusion alternatives such as dynamic stabilization. Their involvement in the latest research and clinical trials for non-fusion technologies makes The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration a trusted choice for novel spinal surgeries and procedures.
Dynamic stabilization is a non-fusion, motion preservation procedure that is used to treat intolerable and intractable low back pain, most commonly associated with degenerative disc disease. While the procedure and outcome is similar to that of spinal fusion, dynamic stabilization uses implant devices composed of flexible prosthetic materials (cords, spacers, flexible and inflatable rods) as opposed to bone grafts and screws which force or fuse the vertebrae together. The use of a dynamic stabilization device therefore allows for more support and controlled motion around the affected disc level when compared to traditional fusion, preserving the natural function of the spine.
Following surgery, most patients experience a reduction in back pain, reduced muscle spasms and select cases have reported reduced leg pain and/or numbness. Although some patients may be required to stay a day or two for observation after surgery, a majority of patients will be released from care the same day the procedure is performed. The doctor may require a fitted brace or compression garment to prevent the implanted devices from moving during the initial post-surgery period. Total recovery time will be dependent on the healing process and overall health of each patient, with most able to return to their normal routines within six weeks.
Any surgical procedure carries risks including adverse reaction to anesthesia, bleeding and infection at the implant site. With dynamic stabilization, there are also concerns regarding the possibility of the stabilization device loosening or failing over time. The softening of bones or noticeable bone loss can also increase the risk of a failed outcome. For this reason, it is extremely important to work with a knowledgeable spinal specialist who can properly diagnosis your symptoms and spinal condition.
While dynamic stabilization is an effective alternative to traditional fusion – especially for those who are younger and more active – it is not the right choice for every patient. To determine the best course of action for you, contact The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration at (310) 828-7757 and schedule a consultation. Our advanced diagnostic and surgical team will be able to evaluate your individual symptoms and determine which procedure is best for your individual needs, no matter what your age.