Spinal fusion surgery is the joining of one backbone to another backbone (bony vertebrae to another bony vertebrae). This is usually done for instability, that is when the spine is weak and falling apart. Spinal fusions can be large, painful and debilitating procedures, but hiring a nurse is not usually not necessarily required after lumbar fusion surgery. That said each person, spinal disease and surgery is different. If you are very concerned you could set up just in case.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) tends to be less painful and debilitating then open surgeries. Multilevel surgery is more painful then single level surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is less painful then open traditional surgery because there is less tissue destruction. In traditional surgery there is a large skin incision, signifiant retraction of the back muscles and a lot of bone removal resulting in severe pain.
Tissue damage is minimized with minimally invasive surgery. The skin incision is small instead of large. The muscles are dilated (pushed apart) rather than retracted. Muscle retraction damages muscles producing scar tissue and weakness resulting in pain. Little if any bone needs to be removed during minimally invasive fusion (this is especially true for endoscopic lumbar interbody fusion (ELIF). These benefits results in less pain then with traditional fusion surgery.
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