Dynamic spinal stabilization does not apply to any one particular type of surgery and is sometimes used to refer to several different surgeries. The general idea is based on the concept that many painful spinal conditions cause the spine to be unstable and move in patterns not consistent with a non-degenerated spine. The goal of dynamic spinal stabilization is to stabilize the spine while still allowing controlled motion. Some dynamic stabilization devices can be implanted using minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Dynamic spinal stabilization is most frequently used to treat pain because of degenerative conditions including painful disc degeneration and stenosis.
Once you have decided to have dynamic spinal stabilization, the following events take place:
(While there are a variety of surgeries that can be described as dynamic stabilization, described below is one of the most common procedures that involves the placement of pedicle screws and rods in the spine.)
Recovery from surgery involving dynamic stabilization varies greatly among patients and is dependent on the exact type of surgery as well as the age and health of the individual. Return to work also varies greatly among patients and is related to overall health and the type of work you do.