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Alternatives to Cervical Fusion – Open Spine Surgery is Not the Only Option

If you are considering cervical fusion, chances are you have been struggling with months or years of debilitating neck pain and other symptoms that affect your upper back and extremities. You have likely also tried a wide range of conservative treatment options, but to no avail. Perhaps you feel that spine surgery is the right treatment option for you at this time, but you have reservations about the invasiveness, risks and lengthy rehabilitation associated with a traditional open spine cervical fusion operation. If this sounds like your situation, you are not alone. The good news is that there are minimally invasive alternatives to this type of highly invasive procedure. Laser Spine Institute now offers outpatient fusion procedures that utilize endoscopic technology to address pain and other symptoms caused by degenerative conditions of the cervical spine like bulging discs, herniated discs, myelopathy, myelomalacia and spondylolisthesis.

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Stabilization

Laser Spine Institute’s Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) aims to remove the source of neural compression and establish stability in the spine with the use of an intervertebral implant. While the goals of this procedure are similar to those of traditional open spine cervical fusion, the innovative surgical techniques used by Laser Spine Institute are far less invasive and offer patients a variety of benefits, including:

  • No overnight hospitalization
  • Patients are able to walk and return home the day of surgery
  • A small incision site (less than 1 inch in length)
  • Less risk of infection, nerve damage and scar tissue formation
  • No dissection of musculature surrounding the spine
  • A much shorter and less painful recovery
  • Less risk of failed back surgery syndrome

Learning More at Laser Spine Institute

If you are suffering from a degenerative condition of the neck but feel you aren’t ready to commit to open spine cervical fusion, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our team of orthopedic experts will review your MRI or CT scan free of charge and determine if you may be a candidate for ACDF or one of our other outpatient procedures.

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