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Anterior Posterior Spinal Fusion

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

Spinal fusion is surgery to repair vertebrae in your spine. Cervical spine fusion is usually done from the front. Thoracic and lumbar fusion surgeries are usually done from the back. During surgery, 2 or more vertebrae are joined together using bone grafts or implants, screws, and rods.

Vertebral Column


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

Call your doctor or surgeon if:


You may need any of the following:

Physical therapy:

Incision area care:


Follow up with your doctor or surgeon as directed:

You may need x-rays or CT or MRI scans to make sure your vertebrae are healing correctly. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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