Spinal Pseudoarthrosis

by Dr. David Bomback

A pseudoarthrosis is a medical terminology implying that an area of bony fracture or a bony fusion hasn’t healed. A second opinion before surgery is advisable.

 

A pseudoarthrosis is a medical terminology implying that an area of bony fracture or a bony fusion has not healed.  A pseudoarthrosis simply implies that there is an area of nonhealing.  Patients who have had prior spine fusions and have persistent pain could potentially suffer from a spinal pseudoarthrosis, and a second opinion is wise in those circumstances.  Pseudoarthrosis can present with pain, prominent hardware, or even neurologic deficit.  Some patients with spinal pseudoarthrosis can have broken hardware, as eventually the hardware will give way to repetitive motion over a spinal segment that has not fused.

Dr. David Bomback

About Dr. David Bomback

Dr. Bomback has excelled throughout his entire academic career. After graduating high school as salutatorian, he then graduated cum laude from Columbia College, Columbia University where he was named one of only five Rabi Scholars (for mathematics and science) in his class. He then earned his medical degree at Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons,... Read More »