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Lumbar 360 Fusion: Benefits and Considerations


Lumbar 360 Fusion: Benefits and Considerations

A lumbar 360 fusion is a type of spinal fusion surgery that involves fusing the vertebrae in the lumbar spine from both the front and back. The procedure is typically performed to treat conditions such as degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and herniated discs. While the surgery can be effective in treating these conditions, it's important to understand the benefits and considerations of a lumbar 360 fusion.

Benefits of Lumbar 360 Fusion

  1. Pain Relief: A lumbar 360 fusion can help to relieve chronic lower back pain, leg pain, and other symptoms caused by spinal conditions.

  2. Improved Spinal Stability: By fusing the vertebrae together, a lumbar 360 fusion can improve the stability of the spine, which can prevent further damage and reduce the risk of future injuries.

  3. Improved Mobility: While a lumbar 360 fusion can limit some mobility, it can also help to improve mobility by reducing pain and correcting spinal deformities.

  4. Reduced Need for Medication: By addressing the underlying cause of the pain, a lumbar 360 fusion can reduce the need for pain medication, which can have side effects and be habit-forming.

  5. Improved Quality of Life: For many patients, a lumbar 360 fusion can improve their quality of life by reducing pain and improving mobility, allowing them to participate in activities they enjoy and perform daily tasks with greater ease.

Considerations of Lumbar 360 Fusion

  1. Risks and Complications: As with any major surgical procedure, a lumbar 360 fusion carries risks and potential complications, including infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and hardware failure.

  2. Lengthy Recovery: Recovery from a lumbar 360 fusion can take several months, during which time patients may need to limit their physical activity and may experience discomfort or pain.

  3. Limited Mobility: A lumbar 360 fusion can limit some mobility, particularly in the area of the spine that was fused.

  4. Not Appropriate for All Patients: A lumbar 360 fusion is not appropriate for all patients, particularly those who are not healthy enough to undergo surgery or who have certain medical conditions that may increase the risks of complications.

  5. Follow-Up Care: Patients who undergo a lumbar 360 fusion will need to follow a strict regimen of post-operative care, including physical therapy and monitoring for any signs of complications.


A lumbar 360 fusion can be an effective treatment option for certain spinal conditions, but it's important to carefully consider the potential benefits and risks of the procedure. Patients should discuss their options with a qualified healthcare provider to determine if a lumbar 360 fusion is appropriate for their specific condition.


  1. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Lumbar Spinal Fusion.
  2. Mayo Clinic. Spinal Fusion.
  3. Cleveland Clinic. Lumbar Fusion Surgery.
  4. Johns Hopkins Medicine. Lumbar Fusion.
Yaron Lohr, DC Clinic Director

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