Spinal disc surgery — fusion facts
If your life is being disrupted by chronic neck or back pain and a full course of conservative treatment has not brought relief, surgery is usually the next consideration. When you have severe disc issues, procedures involving disc removal and the fusing together of vertebrae are sometimes required. As you go over your options, it is extremely important to be as informed as possible so you can make a decision that gives you the best chance of finding lasting relief.
The drawbacks of traditional open back fusions
The exact type of fusion performed will vary depending on the location and specific type of damage in the spine. Most procedures however, will involve full or partial disc removal. The resulting gap is filled with bone grafts to stimulate growth that will help fuse the vertebrae together. Finally, the surgeon will reinforce this graft with implants for increased stabilization.Traditional open back fusion surgery is highly invasive, requiring:
- A very large incision
- The spreading and stretching of tissue and muscles
- Long and painful recovery time^
While traditional open back fusions are widely performed, the risk of complications from this major surgery often make it a troubling decision for potential patients.
A minimally invasive alternative
Minimally invasive spine surgery takes of advantage of state-of-the-art surgical technology and precision techniques to relieve back issues. By using smaller incisions that do not sever muscle tissue, a surgeon can achieve an effective outcome from an open back surgery with a lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery time^.
The skilled surgeons at Laser Spine Institute are the leaders in minimally invasive spine surgery. If you are a candidate for an open back fusion, our minimally invasive stabilization procedures are a simpler and more precise alternative. To learn more about how Laser Spine Institute can help, or to find out how to get an MRI or CT scan review, contact us.