Cervical spinal fusion — get the facts

If you have been experiencing spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebra) symptoms in the neck and have been unable to find relief with conservative treatment methods, your physician may recommend cervical spinal fusion. The aim of this surgery is to remove a damaged disc that is believed to be causing the vertebral slippage, relieve compression of a nerve root or the spinal cord and permanently stabilize that segment of the spine by moving vertebrae back to their normal positions and fusing them together with the use of a bone graft and implants.

Traditional open spinal fusion, which has historically been the only means of surgery available to individuals with cervical spondylolisthesis, is a highly invasive procedure that requires hospitalization, large incisions and up to a year of recovery. However, recent advances in minimally invasive technology have made it possible for patients to undergo a procedure that is a safer and effective^ alternative to open spine surgery. Anterior cervical discectomy fusion (ACDF) — a stabilization procedure performed by Laser Spine Institute — is a minimally invasive approach to cervical fusion that offers a variety of benefits over open spinal fusion.

Benefits of ACDF

ACDF differs from open spinal fusion in many ways. First, it is performed in a comfortable, outpatient setting, so the patient does not have to remain hospitalized overnight.^ Other advantages of our ACDF procedure include:

  • Small incisions
  • No muscle disruption
  • Reduced risk of infection and scarring
  • Quicker recovery^

Learning more about cervical spinal stabilization

Not all patients will be candidates for an ACDF or other minimally invasive stabilization procedures from Laser Spine Institute. Although it is a minimally invasive procedure, ACDF is still a form of surgery and should be considered as a treatment option only after a wide range of conservative therapies — such as medication and physical therapy — have been tried.

If you are experiencing painful symptoms of cervical spondylolisthesis that are affecting your quality of life and conservative treatments have not sufficiently treated your pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today. You can speak to one of our Spine Care Consultants who can provide you with more information regarding our ACDF procedure and other minimally invasive options. You can also receive a review of your most recent MRI report or CT scan so that we can determine if one of our advanced procedures might be right for you.