Why this orthopaedic specialist no longer performs spinal fusion surgery


The latest Choosing Wisely list warning against spinal fusion surgery for low back pain is supported by Professor Ian Harris. We talk to him about the issue.

What has contributed to the rising popularity of spinal fusion surgery?

One of the reasons is the introduction of spinal instrumentation such as screws, plates, rods and wires to hold the spine together, allowing the patient to move freely after the surgery yet still stabilising the spine enough to ensure fusion occurs. We