In the low back, or lumbar spine, spinal fusion is usually a final attempt to stabilize a part of the spine that just won't heal. Sadly, it is common that individuals undergoing this procedure have never been advised to consider their standard American diet (SAD) as a probable contributor or cause of the inability of their spine to heal. Last ditch surgeries are performed commonly before the patient has made changes in his highly inflammatory diet.
Diet, including components such as sugars, alcohol, and food allergens such as dairy and gluten (protein in wheat) must be discussed with patients. Common foods in the SAD can interfere, in many cases, with the healing of a low back pre or post surgery.