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Mark A. Wolgin, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon

Specialist (Fellowship Trained) in Spinal and Foot/Ankle Surgery, Albany, GA, Office Phone 229-883-4707

About Me
Spine Anatomy
Spine Disorders
Non Surgical Treatments
Surgical Treatments
Anter Cerv Discect & Fus
Anter Lumbar Fusion
Cervical Disc Replacement
Coflex Interlam Device
Direct Lateral Fusion
InterSpinous Proc Device
LumboSacral Fus: AxiaLIF
Minimally Invasive Surg
Min Invasive Lumbar Fusio
Min Invasive Fusion pg 2
Min Invasive Fusion pg 3
Min Invasive case example
Posterior Lumbar Fusion
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Spinous Process Clamp
Pain Management
General Orthopaedics
Weight Loss
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Posterior Lumbar Fusion
This procedure describes a method of connecting separate spine bones together with bone, a process knows as "fusing" them together.
In the schematic to the right, the pertinent anatomy is outlined.  The lamina is the bone the covers the spinal canal, where the nerves are located.  The transverse processes are like mini ribs and are good attachment points for the fusion to occur.
The surgical technique involves removing attaches soft tissues, and making the bone surfaces rough to trick the body to react to this mixture of bone graft and native bone as if it were a broken bone. 
A healing process is started which, when successful, causes the bones to be fused together and no longer move separately.
In the X-ray below, the bone can be seen in this mature fusion connecting the transverse processes.
This type of process is very useful to stabilize (fix together) unstable spinal bones when they are not moving in a normal fashion, and can stabilize arthritic segments to help alleviate that component of pain due to arthritis.