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Workers Compensation Lumbar Fusion Procedure Generally

Injured workers considering lumbar fusion for a workers comp back injury should get their medical advice only from their health care providers. General information on procedures is available on the internet from legitimate sources, but again is only general and not specific to your situation. Here is how eorthopod.com describes one version of the procedure.

Workers Compensation Lumbar Fusion

Lumbar fusion is a type of fusion surgery for work-related the low back. A fusion is a surgical procedure that joins two or more bones (in this case vertebrae) together into one solid bone. The procedure is called a posterior fusion because the surgeon works on the back, or posterior, of the spine.

Workers Compensation Lumbar Fusion

Posterior lumbar fusion is the most common type of fusion surgery for the low back following a work injury. Lumbar fusion can follow a single, traumatic work injury or it can result from job duties over time. A fusion is a surgical procedure that joins two or more bones (in this case vertebrae) together into one solid bone. The procedure is called a posterior fusion because the surgeon works on the back, or posterior, of the spine. Posterior fusion procedures in the lumbar spine are used to treat spine instability, severe degenerative disc disease, and fractures in the lumbar spine.

Workers Compensation Lumbar Fusion Spine

Workers compensation posterior lumbar fusion is the most common type of fusion surgery for the low back. A fusion is a surgical procedure that joins two vertebrae together into one solid bone. It's called a posterior fusion because the surgeon works on the back side of the spine.

Workers Comp Lumbar Fusion

Workers comp lumbar fusion treats disc herniation, which occurs when the nucleus in the center of the disc pushes out of its normal space. The nucleus presses against the annulus, causing the disc to bulge outward. Sometimes the nucleus herniates completely through the annulus and squeezes out of the disc.  This happens with a single lifting incident at work, often following years of repetitive job duties of lifting, twisting and turning.

Does Workers Comp Cover Lumbar Fusion For Degenerative Discs

Yes, workers comp covers lumbar fusion for degenerative discs if its work-related.  Fusion surgery does have a record of success according to a recent medical journal article in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine Jul 2014 / Vol. 21 / No. 1 / Pages 54-61.  Many injured workers in Wisconsin with lumbar disc injuries are seen by independent medical examiner, an IME doctor, who says they have degenerative disc disease that is not work related.  The insurance adjuster will deny that the injured worker is an appropriate candidate for lumbar fusion surgery.  While that may be the case, what if the employee's treating surgeon is recommending a PLIF, ALIF or TLIF for work-related lumber spinal stenosis or disc degeneration?  There are a significant number of recent studies published that continue to support the utility of lumbar fusion for patients presenting with stenosis and spondylolisthesis.

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