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360 Spinal Fusion

An advanced procedure for correcting deformities of the lower back, a 360 Spinal Fusion is designed to provide a high degree of stability, and to significantly reduce–or completely eradicate–back pain. In a sense, a 360 Fusion is two procedures in one. Both are lumbar procedures, but one is performed from the front of the body (the anterior) and one is performed from the back (the posterior).

Benefits of 360 Spinal Fusion

Fusing both the front (anterior) and back (posterior) of the spine provides a high degree of stability for the spine and a large surface area for bone fusion to occur. Also, approaching both sides of the spine often allows for a more aggressive pain reduction for patients who have a deformity in the lower back. In essence, a 360 Fusion is a combination of an Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) and a Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF).

Compared to traditional, “open” surgeries, the minimally invasive approach used by North American Spine physicians results in less surgical trauma, less bone and tissue damage, and results in fewer complications and a reduced recovery period. Note: we do see patients whose previous spine surgeries are no longer providing them the relief they need.

To determine if you are a candidate for 360 Fusion, contact one of our Patient Care Managers at 877.474.2225. If you have already seen a physician, send us a copy of your recent MRI or CT for review using the form on this page.

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Details of the 360 Spinal Fusion

A 360 fusion is any procedure that places the interbody cage from the front (anterior) or side (lateral) and then reinforces the fusion through the back side (posterior) of the body with specialized hardware.

Typically, the front or side portion is done first. Through a small incision, damaged disc material is removed, and the interbody cage and bone graft is placed. Then, the surgeon places specialized hardware from the back side of the body to reinforce the fusion.

The procedure is usually performed for patients with significant degenerative disc disease and/or a high degree of spinal instability.

Preparing for the 360 Spinal Fusion

Before pursuing a 360 Fusion, prospective patients should have tried conservative methods, such as physical therapy, chiropractic, and spinal injections. If those methods have not produced meaningful relief, you may be a candidate for a North American Spine procedure.

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360 Spinal Fusion Recovery

360 Fusions are inpatient procedures, meaning patients will stay 1-3 nights in the surgery center. Recovery, however, is quite rapid in comparison to traditional open back surgery. Typically, patients will be walking the same day of surgery and performing light activity within a few weeks. More in-depth, customized recovery guidelines will be provided by your North American Spine physician. The vast majority of patients report a significant and lasting reduction of their pre-op symptoms. The 360 fusion has terrific success rates, because our physicians are able to secure the spine from both sides. Many patients are able to regain more mobility and perform activities they haven’t been able to for years because of the pain.

While every surgery carries some risk of injury or infection, complications are rare. Your physician will counsel you on these risks prior to the procedure.

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Arden S.

Condition: Herniated Disc

Procedure: 360 Spinal Fusion

“It now has been 3 months since surgery and I cannot get over how much better I feel.”

"I am now bass fishing on my boat every weekend without pain. Just this last weekend, I built a three panel wood fence with a gate, which included digging post holes. I kind figured I would be sore the next day but I did not experience any back pain."

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