Spinal Stabilization Surgery Performed Near Monroe Township, NJ

Male athlete with back pain

Spinal stabilization, or spinal fusion, is a type of surgery that is performed to eliminate excessive motion in the spine, which can cause neck or back pain as the vertebrae move against each other too much and the surrounding muscles, ligaments, or nerves are stretched.

If you’re considering a spinal stabilization procedure, you’ll want to entrust your care to a proven specialist. At Advanced Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI) near Monroe Township, New Jersey, we have a team of board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeons who specialize in performing spinal stabilization and utilizing other advanced techniques to address painful spine conditions. Because neck and back pain often respond well to physical therapy and other conservative measures, we will help you make sure you have explored all of your options before moving forward with surgery.

How Does the Spine Become Unstable?

The spine may be rendered unstable through:

  • Trauma from a fall or direct blow
  • Age-related degeneration
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Fractures due to weakened bones (osteoporosis)

By placing a bone graft, a surgeon can encourage two or more vertebrae to fuse into one solid piece of bone, thereby enhancing the stability of the spine. The bone graft is inserted in a “bed” where a disc has been removed and the cortical bone drilled to expose the blood-rich cancellous bone inside. The bone graft and vertebrae are then held together and immobilized with metal plates, rods, screws, or cages. After surgery, the body’s natural healing process will commence and new bony tissue may form around the graft.

If you are interested in finding out if spinal stabilization is the right treatment option for you, contact AOSMI today. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you to meet with a spine specialist at our facility near Monroe Township, NJ.