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Spinal Fusion Alternative Specialist


Neurosurgery - Brain & Spine Specialist located in Long Beach, Torrance, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas

Millions of Americans endure persistent back pain that disrupts their quality of life. If you live with chronic back pain, neurosurgeon Azadeh Farin, MD, FAANS, FACS, offers various state-of-the-art treatments, including spinal fusion alternatives, at FARINeurosurgery in Long Beach, California. Dr. Farin aims to restore your spine, relieve your pain, and help you get back to your regular activities. Call FARINeurosurgery or book an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment for spine problems.

Spinal Fusion Alternative Q&A

What are spinal fusion alternatives?

Spinal fusion connects two or more vertebrae in your spine. The procedure eliminates movement in the treated area of your spine, increasing stability and relieving pain. However, spinal fusion isn’t the only procedure to improve your spinal stability. At FARINeurosurgery, Dr. Farin offers spinal fusion alternatives, including:

Arthroplasty/artificial discs

If your back pain is due to a severely degenerated or damaged spinal disc, Dr. Farin might recommend arthroplasty to replace it. During this procedure, Dr. Farin carefully removes the damaged spinal disc and replaces it with an artificial disc.

There are options to replace only the center of a spinal disc, but in most cases, Dr. Farin implants prosthetic discs that replace the entire spinal disc. Artificial discs allow you to maintain a greater range of motion than a spinal fusion procedure. 

Motion preservation procedures

Motion preservation procedures use micro-decompression techniques to repair your spine and reduce nerve compression. Motion preservation procedures typically bring more rapid and less painful recoveries than a spinal fusion procedure. 

Dr. Farin can combine motion preservation procedures with artificial discs and other treatments to minimize your pain and preserve most of the natural structures of your spine. 

Other minimally invasive procedures

Dr. Farin also offers minimally invasive alternatives for spinal fusion, such as:

  • Intradiscal electrothermal coagulation (IDET)
  • Posterior dynamic stabilization
  • Disc regeneration
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminectomy

Dr. Farin uses state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever it’s the best option to repair your spine and relieve your pain.

Why would I need a spinal fusion alternative?

Back pain due to damaged vertebrae and spinal discs is the most common reason you might need spinal fusion or an alternative. Dr. Farin offers spinal fusion alternatives, which are typically less invasive procedures and allow for more rapid recoveries. 

If persistent back pain is interfering with your mobility, independence, or quality of life, don’t ignore it. Contact Dr. Farin for expert diagnosis and treatment.

How do I know if a spinal fusion alternative is right for me?

Dr. Farin provides comprehensive consultations and physical exams, including X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs, before recommending any treatment. She uses her expertise to evaluate your condition and identify the best method to relieve your pain.

Dr. Farin also explains your options and answers your questions to help you make the best decision for your health care. 

Call FARINeurosurgery or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about spinal fusion alternatives and whether one of them is right for you.