Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for a visit to the doctor. Lumbar spinal fusion is a surgery where the goal is to have two or more vertebrae fuse together solidly. Minimally invasive spinal fusion is an operation similar to lumbar spinal fusion, however, it a less invasive procedure. There are advantages and disadvantages of the minimally invasive spinal fusion operation. Read more: Spinal Fusion Article
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