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Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery to Address Back Pain
El Camino Innovates

500,000 spine operations are performed every year in this country to address back pain. Common causes of back pain include degenerative disc disease (herniated discs, slipped discs, spinal stenosis), spinal deformity, spinal trauma and tumors. 

These surgeries can range from simple back surgery for a lumbar disc to more complex surgery, such as lumbar spine fusion surgery. While lumbar spine surgery makes up a minority of all operations, it helps to know the benefits that newer, minimally invasive techniques can deliver. 

Dr. James Doty, director of the El Camino Hospital Neuroscience Institute, covers the following informative topics in this video about minimally invasive lumbar spine fusion surgery for serious back pain:

  • Conditions treated by lumbar spinal surgery
  • New, minimally invasive approaches to lumbar spine fusion
  • Typical recovery from minimally invasive lumbar fusion
  • Success rates for lumbar fusion
  • Finding the right surgeon for you
  • Patient success stories


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"New techniques have been developed, and now we can do these surgeries in a manner we call minimally invasive. That’s where small incisions are used, with minimal blood loss, minimal tissue disruption. Many of these patients can go home the same day or within a day or so after surgery, compared to what used to be five, seven to even 10 days to as long as two weeks in the hospital."

Dr. James R. Doty, Neurosurgeon
Director, Neuroscience Institute
El Camino Hospital