The following post is for SageMom whose son will be having surgery on his spine.
Spinal fusion is surgery to join together two bones (vertebrae) in the spine. Fusing permanently joins two bones together so there is no longer movement between them. Spinal fusion is usually done along with other surgical procedures of the spine.
Vertebral interbody fusion; Posterior spinal fusion; Arthrodesis; Anterior spinal fusion; Spine surgery – spinal fusion
You will be asleep and feel no pain (general anesthesia).
Your surgeon has several choices about where to make the incision (cut).
The following video shows the actual operation so you can use your own judgement if you wish to view it. I watched the video and the patient appears to have quite severe scoliosis.