Spine-Health provides a video of spine fusion surgery in progress, and WebMD offers a similar video as well as an animated video explaining the procedure. The medical animation also includes a transcript of the video's audio track.
In spine fusion surgery, vertebrae are fused together in an effort to treat major spinal deformities or injuries, including disc problems, fractures and scoliosis. The surgery is performed to decrease pain and increase the spine's stability, since it eliminates movement of the discs between the fused vertebrae, as WebMD explains. Spine fusion is major surgery, and it requires a hospital stay of several days plus rehabilitation during the recovery period.