I have pain that is radiating to both my toes. Â My doctor says that I have spinal stenosis and that I need a surgery. Â He is recommending a fusion and wants to take some of my hip bone to help stabilize my spine. Â Isnât this excessive? Â Why doesnât he just use some screws?
A recent study looked into this very question and found that it is slightly more cost effective to perform a noninstrumented fusion, or a fusion using a personâs own tissue to stabilize the fusion, than an instrumented fusion This cost effectiveness is taking into account the possibility of need for re-surgery, potential complications following surgery like infection, and medication changes.