More Information about Spinal Fusion Surgery and Recovery

This Content Was Written by the Tulsa Spine Surgery Experts at the Offices of Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O.

Spine fusion permanently joins two bones together so there is no longer movement between them. Tulsa Spine Surgery has done hundreds of spinal fusion surgeries and is considered a leading spine institutes in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. The main goal of spinal fusion surgery, like all of Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O.’s procedures, is to relieve pain, numbness, tingling and weakness, restore nerve function and prevent abnormal motion in the spine. Call us today to set up a consultation for your Tulsa Spine Surgery needs at 539-664-8444. We offer a wide variety of minimally invasive procedures including spinal fusion surgery.

After spinal fusion performed in front of your spine, Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. will remove the disc and all areas arthritic, and place a bone graft between the vertebrae, where it finally merges with the surrounding vertebrae to stop abnormal movement. If spinal fusion is performed on the back of your spine, a bone graft from the pelvis or bone from a bone bank will be located on the sides of the vertebrae, where it will grow together in the vertebrae to stop the abnormal movement. Sometimes, metal rods, screws or hooks also be used with a bone graft to further stabilize the spine. When the vertebrae are surgically stabilized, abnormal motion is stopped and function is restored to the spinal nerves

After the spinal fusion surgery, it may be required of you to wear a plastic brace or possibly a cloth corset for a few weeks or months. The spinal fusion surgeon may not recommend you to wear a brace at all, but it all depends on what the Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. believes to be the most successful in their practice to insure a speedy recovery and prevent infections.

It may take several months to well over a year for the spinal fusion recovery process to be complete depending on the severity of the spinal fusion surgery. For this reason as a patient you must realize prior to surgery that noticeable results may take time and you may need to be patient when looking for results from your spinal fusion surgery. This procedure is not a quick fix option and requires a commitment between the patient and the surgeon performing the spinal fusion surgery to improving your back and leg pain.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, you need to understand that it does not have to be this way. Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. is well trained in the art of Tulsa Spine Surgery and he attended Kansas University of medicine and biosciences before completing a residency at Oklahoma State University medical center. He then went on to complete a fellowship at Texas Back Institute, and his number one goal is to get the people of Tulsa back to normal and moving forward in life without pain.

The Importance of Taking Care of Your Spine

This Content Was Written by the Tulsa Spine Surgery Experts at the Offices of Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O.

The spinal column is one of the most vital parts of the human body, supporting our trunks and making all of our movements possible. Its anatomy is extremely well designed, and serves many functions. All of the elements of the spinal column and vertebrae serve the purpose of protecting the spinal cord, which provides communication to the brain and mobility and sensation in the body through the complex interaction of bones, ligaments and muscle structures of the back and the nerves that surround it. The normal adult spine is balanced over the pelvis, requiring minimal workload on the muscles to maintain an upright posture. Loss of spinal balance can result in strain to the spinal muscles and spinal deformity. When the spine is injured and its function impaired, the consequences may be painful and even disabling. If you are dealing with chronic pain due to abnormalities in the spinal system, call Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. at Tulsa Spine Surgery today. His numbers 539-664-8444, and he is connected to every patient he works with. We focus on getting you back to normal and making your life more pain-free than ever before.

The vertebrae support the majority of the weight imposed on the spine. The body of each vertebra is attached to a bony ring consisting of several parts. A bony projection on either side of the vertebral body called the pedicle supports the arch that protects the spinal canal. The laminae are the parts of the vertebrae that form the back of the bony arch that surrounds and covers the spinal canal. There is a transverse process on either side of the arch where some of the muscles of the spinal column attach to the vertebrae. The spinous process is the bony portion of the vertebral body that can be felt as a series of bumps in the center of a person’s neck and back.

Between the spinal vertebrae are discs, which function as shock absorbers and joints. They are designed to absorb the stresses carried by the spine while allowing the vertebral bodies to move with respect to each other. Each disc consists of a strong outer ring of fibers called the annulus fibrosis, and a soft center called the nucleus pulposus. The outer layer (annulus) helps keep the disc’s inner core (nucleus) intact. The annulus is made up of very strong fibers that connect each vertebra together. The nucleus of the disc has a very high water content, which helps maintain its flexibility and shock-absorbing properties.

The facet joints connect the bony arches of each of the vertebral bodies. There are two facet joints between each pair of vertebrae, one on each side. Facet joints connect each vertebra with those directly above and below it, and are designed to allow the vertebral bodies to rotate with respect to each other. There are many aspects and intricate parts of the spinal column, and you can take care of all of your spinal and Tulsa Spine Surgery needs here in your own hometown with Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O.