If conservative, minimally invasive or microsurgical methods fail to achieve an adequate effect, spondylolisthesisspinal instability, Bechterew's disease, tumours, spondylitis or spinal trauma are all candidates for spondylodesis.

In this case, we splint (reinforce, fuse, plate) the affected section of the spine.

Treatment details

Duration of procedure: approx. 3 hours
In-patient stay: approx. 11 days
Protection time: 3 weeks
Physiotherapy: in 8 weeks
Time off work: approx. 10 weeks
Sports: some types of sports are possible after 6 weeks

Treatment plan

We often carry out spinal fusion surgeries using titanium elements in order to stabilise loosened mobile sections of bone. Under general anaesthetics, we place screws in the vertebral bodies and secure them using connecting elements.

Sometimes we need to replace the damaged discs with sections of bone, titanium structures or plastic. In spondylolisthesis, we first correct the spinal segment and then secure it in the same operation. A few months after the procedure, the spinal joints grow with the splints used. This enables us to achieve natural reinforcement of the affected section.

As a result, the loosening is resolved, the pain is greatly alleviated and the patient can move towards physiotherapy to strengthen the back muscles. After a procedure such as this, you can continue to carry out back movements - often even better than before.

Stabilisation of the spine using screws
Stabilisation of the spine using screws