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Arthrodesis and Artificial Ankylosis

Arthrodesis, sometimes called artificial ankylosis, immobilizes spinal bones (vertebrae) by fusing two bones together. The treatment may eliminate or significantly reduce pain by holding the joint in a fixed position. Your physician may recommend it if you have severe neck or back pain due to misalignment of the spine, and conservative treatment (medication and physical therapy) has failed to provide relief.

While the patient is under general anesthesia, the surgeon places bone graft between 2 or more vertebrae. It is then secured with screws, metal plates and/or rods, as a bridge between them. Most patients remain in the hospital for one to three days, and it takes several months for the vertebrae to fuse into a solid structure. Your spine surgeon will give you specific information related to your particular condition and lifestyle goals, as well as a detailed description of the surgery and instructions on how to make the best recovery.

Spine Disease and Back Pain

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