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Spinal Fusion Spinal fusion corrects the spinal condition caused by spondylolisthesis, in which weakened joints or fractured bones allow a vertebra to slip forward and pinch a nerve root. The pinched nerve can cause pain to radiate down to the legs and feet through the sciatic nerve. http://www.southeasternspine.com/procedures-treatments/spinal-fusion/
The incidence of spinal fusion surgery increased 220 percent from 1999 to 2001, according to research done by the University of Washington. More than 122,000 spinal fusion procedures were done in 2001. The most common reason for fusion was degenerative disease, commonly known as arthritis of the spine. Patients who fail a trial of conservative...