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Spinal fusion is a surgical technique in which one or more vertebrae are fused together to stop the motion between them.
Spinal fusion may be recommended for:
- Abnormal curvature of the spine (scoliosis or kyphosis)
- Injury to the spinal vertebrae
- Protrusion of the cushioning disk between vertebrae (slipped disk, herniated nucleus pulposus)
- Weak or unstable spine caused by infections or tumors
Update Date 4/16/2013
Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.