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Treatment Options for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease

Most people with lumbar degenerative disc disease find relief through nonsurgical options, such as exercise or physical therapy. But for those who need surgery, spinal fusion is a proven choice. And for those who choose spinal fusion, there's a Medtronic therapy that can eliminate a second surgery.

Conservative Care

Not all patients with low back pain require surgery. In fact, more than 95% find symptom relief through non-surgical therapies, such as exercise, medication, physical therapy, and chiropractic care.

Spinal Fusion Surgery With Autograft (the Patient’s Own Bone)

A procedure called a spinal fusion can be used to surgically treat degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine. Using bone harvested from the patient’s own hip (autograft) and instrumentation such as rods and screws, this procedure fuses, or creates a bond between, two or more adjacent vertebrae. This is done to stabilize the spine and provide pain relief.

Autograft has provided a historical biologic grafting option, but has limitations. Its results are inconsistent, and large amounts may be required since it reduces in size over time. Its harvesting requires a second surgical procedure with associated pain and risks.

Spinal Fusion Surgery with Infuse Bone Graft and the LT-Cage Device

Containing a protein that stimulates bone growth, Infuse® Bone Graft inside the LT-Cage® Device provides an alternative to traditional spinal fusion surgery. It eliminates the need to harvest bone from the patient’s own hip.

The damaged disc is removed. Then two LT-Cage Devices are placed in the disc space with Infuse Bone Graft inside. The protein encourages bone formation to achieve the spinal fusion.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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