Lumbar Fusion Specialist

Nkrumah Neurosurgery & Spine

Louis J Nkrumah, MD, PhD

Neurosurgery located in Lake Success, NY

When medical treatments no longer provide significant relief from your lower back pain, it may be time to consider your surgical options, like a lumbar fusion. Esteemed neurosurgeon Louis Nkrumah, MD, PhD, at Nkrumah Neurosurgery & Spine in Lake Success, New York, can determine if a lumbar fusion can help you get long-term relief from your back pain. To schedule your spine surgery consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Lumbar Fusion Q & A

What is a lumbar fusion?

A lumbar fusion is a type of spine surgery that fuses two or more vertebrae in your lumbar spine (lower back) to create one solid bone. The purpose of a lumbar fusion is to minimize painful movements and restore spine stability.

Dr. Nkrumah is a skilled neurosurgeon who performs complex and minimally invasive spine surgeries to help people get long-term relief from their back pain. 

Am I a candidate for a lumbar fusion?

Dr. Nkrumah takes a well-rounded, personalized, and thoughtful approach to care. He conducts a comprehensive history and physical examination when you come in for a consultation to determine if you’re a candidate for spine surgery. 

Common spine conditions that benefit from lumbar fusion include:

  • Spinal abnormalities (scoliosis)
  • Degenerative scoliosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumor

Dr. Nkrumah may recommend a lumbar fusion if you have ongoing lower back pain that no longer responds to medical interventions and he can find the exact source of your pain. 

What happens during a lumbar fusion?

Dr. Nkrumah customizes your lumbar fusion procedure based on your diagnosis and medical history so you get the best possible outcomes. When possible, he uses minimally invasive spine surgery tools and techniques to reduce tissue damage and recovery time. 

During your lumbar fusion, Dr. Nkrumah makes an incision to access your lumbar spine, he places bone or bone-grafting material in the space that separates the vertebrae, and uses metal plates, screws, and rods to hold the bones in place while they heal.

Dr. Nkrumah closes the incisions and sends you to the recovery area for monitoring. You may need to spend up to three days in the hospital following your lumbar fusion procedure. 

How long is recovery from a lumbar fusion?

It may take several months for your bones to fuse, and Dr. Nkrumah may recommend you wear a back brace to support your spine during the healing process. 

He also refers you to physical therapy about 6-12 weeks after your surgery to support your recovery.

Though results vary, many people experience long-term relief from their pain following lumbar fusion.

To schedule a lumbar fusion consultation at Nkrumah Neurosurgery & Spine, call the office or book an appointment online today.