Traditional laminectomy and spinal fusion versus minimally invasive spine surgery

If you have been diagnosed with a degenerative condition such as spinal stenosis and you have not found lasting relief from conservative treatments, you may be recommended to undergo spinal surgery to treat your condition. One type of traditional open back surgery for spinal stenosis is called a laminectomy and fusion procedure. This procedure is designed to relieve the pressure on your pinched nerve root and widen the space in your spinal canal while adding stability in the spinal column, but there are also risks and difficulties involved with this approach to spine surgery.

However, advances in medical technology and surgical technique have led to the development of minimally invasive spine surgery that takes a muscle-sparing approach to the spine. As the leader in this exciting field, Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief since 2005. If you’ve been recommended to undergo a traditional laminectomy and spinal fusion, we encourage you to research the full range of treatment options available before committing to a procedure. If you have any questions about our procedures, board-certified surgeons+ or facilities, contact our dedicated team today.

Risks of traditional laminectomy and fusion

Traditional open back fusion is often associated with increased risk of infection, blood loss and prolonged recovery. These risks are heightened during and after traditional open back fusion because of the highly invasive techniques used in the procedure, such as:

  • Removal of large amounts of the vertebrae and spinal components
  • Tearing or cutting of soft tissue adjacent to the vertebrae
  • Several days of hospitalization
  • Lengthy recovery

Minimally invasive spine surgery

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and effective alternative to laminectomy and fusion performed as a traditional open spine procedures.^ Our surgeons use muscle-sparing techniques to perform minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures for the treatment of symptoms associated with bone spurs, herniated discs, bulging disc and other spinal conditions. Our minimally invasive procedures offer the following advantages:

  • A small incision, often less than 1 inch
  • The insertion of a series of dilating tubes, increasing gradually in size, to create a small opening for the surgical tools to be used
  • Minimal damage to soft tissue — muscles are pushed aside, rather than cut
  • Removal of the smallest portion of the spinal anatomy necessary to decompress the affected nerve
  • An outpatient procedure
  • Much shorter recuperation^ and quicker return to work than traditional open back surgery

Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how our minimally invasive procedures can help you find relief from back pain. We are happy to provide a no-cost MRI review* to help you determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.