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Spinal Fusion Surgery

Spinal Fusion Surgery Cost in India

  • Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure to create a single solid bone by fusing two or more vertebrae together to eliminate painful motion or to restore stability to the spine, and to rectify problems with the small bones in the spine (vertebrae)
  • Diagnostic tests include imaging modalities such as X-Rays, Computerized Tomography (CT) scan and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan to know the status of the spine before confirming the diagnosis. Complete Blood Count (CBC), FBS (fasting blood sugar) and other routine tests are advised before surgery.
  • The surgical procedure includes three steps
    • Incision (cut) is given on a suitable location such as anterior or lateral
    • Bone grafting to promote fusion
    • Immobilisation which involves accessory materials such as screws are used to prevent movement of the spine during a certain  period to promote healing (or fusion)

Spinal Fusion Surgery Cost in India

For A Patient From INDIA

Spinal Fusion Surgery

Starts From USD 4250
(Indian Rupees 305320)

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About Spinal Fusion

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that is used to rectify problems with the small bones in the spine (vertebrae). Spinal fusion could facilitate relieve symptoms of the many back issues, including:

  1. Degenerative disk disease
  2. Spondylolisthesis: A spinal disorder during which a bone (vertebra) slips forward onto the bone below it.
  3. Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  4. Scoliosis: A sideways curvature of the spine.
  5. Fractured vertebra
  6. Herniated disk (slipped disc )
  7. Tumor


  • When your doctor can pinpoint the source of your pain.
  • If medicines, physical therapy, and other treatments (like steroid injections) haven't alleviated back pain.



  • Imaging tests such as X-Rays, Computerized Tomography (CT) scans and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans are vital pre-requisites to know the actual status of the spine for confirming the diagnosis and for recommending surgery.
  • Complete blood count, Urine tests, Fasting blood sugar and other routine tests are advised before the surgery.



  • Spinal fusion surgery puts halt to motion between vertebrae. It also stops the stretching of nerves, surrounding structures such as ligaments and muscles.
  • Lumbar and Cervical (both names of vertebrae, vertebrae are small bones which constitute your backbone) spinal fusion has been performed for decades.


A stepwise approach to this surgery is as follows

  1.  INCISION (Cut)

It can be given via three approaches and is chosen depending on specific case requirements.

  • Anterior approach spine may be approached from the front.

In the case of Lumbar Fusion, if an anterior approach is adopted, an incision is given in the lower abdomen (lower part of the stomach).

In cases of Cervical Fusion, an incision is given in front of the neck.

  • Posterior approach: If the spine is approached from the back this is known as a posterior approach.
  • Lateral approach: Incision’s approach is from the side.

In Minimally invasive techniques these fusions are performed with smaller incisions to minimise the wound size. The right procedure and approach vary from case to case.


        2. BONE GRAFTING

All spinal fusions use some variety of bone material, called a bone graft, to help promote the fusion. Generally; small pieces of bone are placed into the space between the vertebrae to be fused.

One of the functions of the bone graft is to create a scaffold (a niche for cellular migration) and other is it promotes bone healing.

When the graft is taken from the patient itself, that type of graft is known as an autograft. The pelvic bone is the most common bone/area to harvest autograft from.      



After bone grafting, Plates, screws, and rods are used to help hold the vertebrae together to help the fusion progress.

Wearing a brace (belt around the waist) may also be advised.



  •  A patient will feel some pain, it is normal and natural healing process.
  • Some patient will get pain medications via tube within the back this is known as epidural.
  • A catheter (tube to pass urine) is attached to a patient’s body for the first few days to avoid the mobility and promote healing and fusion of the spine.
  • The patient should undergo physiotherapy appointments to fully understand what precautions to be taken, how to get up and how to walk again.
  • Sutures are usually removed in 10 day period and Xrays are done again to check to heal.
  • A follow up scheduled at different time intervals such as  4 to 6 weeks, 6 months, 12 months and 24 months.
  • It takes  6 months to 1 year for complete fusion and healing of the spine.
  • Opioids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and local anaesthetics and opioids are prescribed to the patients to relieve pain.

 Frequent Asked Questions About Spinal Fusion Surgery  

Q. Is spinal fusion surgery a form of major surgery?

Yes, it is major surgery. It is usually a last resort after other modalities of back pain reduction fail


Q. What is the duration of stay in the hospital after spinal fusion surgery?

Hospital stay duration depends upon the severity of the disorder, generally, it may last from 1-5 days


Q. After how long is a patient able to walk?

Rest is paramount after this surgery, but the patient is encouraged to start walking within 24 hours


Q. After how long a patient can travel?

No travel for at least 2 weeks, you can travel after 2 weeks. You can travel up to short distances as a passenger, for longer distances you must halt and stretch after every 30 minutes. You must avoid travelling via air for at least 6 weeks


Q. When can the patient resume gym after spinal fusion surgery?

Although light exercises and movements will be taught to you by your physiotherapist as well as my surgeon for complete healing, but you must refrain from all other kind of heavy exercises such as lifting weights and running


Q. When can the patient resume work after surgery?

Recovery depends upon the severity of the damage, but if the patient is systemically healthy and has no major complications, he might be able to return to work within 4-6 weeks


Q. What kinds of movements are prohibited after surgery?

Excessive lifting (above 10-15pounds), bending upper body sideways as well as bending forwards must be avoided


Q. What are the risk and complications of spinal fusion surgery?

  • Infection
  • Bleeding 
  • Old symptoms coming back
  • Pseudarthrosis: is the name given to the condition when there is not sufficient bone formation and usually happens in smokers, diabetics and old aged. Causing movements before the bone fully heals may also result in a pseudarthrosis. In such cases, another surgery may be needed.
  • Nerve damage: Though rare but sometimes blood vessels and nerves get damaged during surgical intervention
  • Blood clots: Another complication is the formation of blood clots in the legs, sometimes these blood clots break off and travel to the lungs and put a patient in high danger

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    14 years of experience , Gurgaon

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