Back pain relief without fusion
In years past, if a person experienced debilitating back pain from a spine condition like a herniated disc, a traditional open spinal fusion would often be the only hope for relief if conservative treatment failed. During this highly invasive procedure, a surgeon would remove the problematic disc and fuse the affected vertebrae together to stabilize the spine. This approach has many drawbacks and risks, often making patients understandably hesitant to undergo this type of procedure.
However, it’s important to be aware of the full range of treatment options available. This can range from conservative treatments you may have overlooked to surgery that takes a minimally invasive approach to the spine while still providing lasting relief.
The risks of traditional open spine fusion
Traditional fusion and other forms of traditional open spine surgery have significant downsides associated with them. These risks include:
- There is a far greater risk of clotting, hemorrhaging and infection after a major operation compared to outpatient procedures.
- Traditional open spine fusion requires a large incision, which can result in painful scar tissue buildup and unsightly scarring.
- Recovery and rehabilitation from a traditional spinal fusion is an involved process that can take months before normal activity is fully resumed.
Minimally invasive spine surgery
Advances in medical technology and technique have allowed for the development of surgery that takes a far less invasive approach while accomplishing the same treatment goals as a traditional open spine fusion procedure. The board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute are among the leaders in minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery and we have helped more than 60,000 patients find relief since 2005.
Using state-of-the-art technology, our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons are able to access the spine using a smaller incision that spares muscles. Our minimally invasive decompressions allow the surgeon to remove the portion of the disc that is causing painful nerve compression instead of extracting the entire disc. For severe cases of disc degeneration that do require a fusion, we offer minimally invasive stabilization procedures that are an alternative to traditional open spine fusions.^
To learn more, and for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today.