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 neck, upper back and extremities. You likely also have 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 offers outpatient fusion procedures that utilize state-of-the-art technology to address pain and other symptoms caused by degenerative conditions of the cervical spine, such as bulging discs, herniated discs, myelopathy, myelomalacia and spondylolisthesis.
Anterior cervical discectomy and stabilization
Laser Spine Institute’s anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) procedure 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 the surgeons at Laser Spine Institute are far less invasive and offer patients a variety of benefits, including:
- No overnight hospitalization
- A small incision
- Less risk of infection, nerve damage and scar tissue formation
- No dissection of musculature surrounding the spine
- A much shorter recovery
- Less risk of failed back surgery syndrome
Learning more at Laser Spine Institute
If you have a degenerative condition of the neck but feel you aren’t ready to commit to traditional open spine cervical fusion, contact Laser Spine Institute. We will review your MRI to determine if you may be a candidate for ACDF or one of our other outpatient procedures.