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Vanderbilt Spine Center / Spinal Fusion (Lumbar Spine, for Treatment of Spondylolisthesis)

Spinal Fusion (Lumbar Spine, for Treatment of Spondylolisthesis)

During this procedure, the surgeon permanently joins two or more vertebrae in the spine. The vertebrae will grow together to form a single, solid bone. Spinal fusion is commonly performed in the neck and lower back, and may be used to correct a wide range of problems in the spine. This animation shows a fusion in the lumbar spine to correct a condition called spondylolisthesis, in which weakened joints or fractured bones have allowed a vertebra to slip forward and pinch a nerve root.