Specialty Surgeon Complete Packaged Procedure for a Spinal Fusion – Level 1. Spinal Fusion – Level 1 is a surgical technique used to combine two or more vertebrae. This spine procedure is used primarily to eliminate the pain caused by abnormal motion of the vertebrae by immobilizing the vertebrae themselves.
In most cases, the Spinal fusion is augmented by a process called fixation, meaning the placement of metallic screws (pedicle screws often made from titanium), rods or plates, or cages to stabilize the vertebra to facilitate bone fusion. The spinal fusion complete process typically takes 6-12 months after surgery to completely heal. During this time external bracing (orthotics) may be required. External factors such as smoking, osteoporosis, certain medications, and heavy activity can prolong or even prevent the fusion process. If the Spinal fusion does not occur, patients may require re-operation
A Spinal Fusion – Level 1 surgery cost includes the facility fee, physician’s fee, cost of drugs and any related medical procedures required to administer the plan of care. Not included are diagnostic studies, consultations with additional specialists and cost of complication management; travel, food and lodging.