Cervical spinal fusion — get the facts

If you have been experiencing cervical spondylolisthesis, or vertebral slippage, and related symptoms in the neck and have been unable to find relief with conservative treatments, your doctor may recommend 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 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 for a time was the only means of surgery available to people with cervical spondylolisthesis, is a highly invasive procedure that requires hospitalization, a large incision and up to a year of recovery. However, advances in surgical technology and technique have made it possible for patients to undergo a procedure that is a safer and effective^ alternative to traditional 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 traditional open spinal fusion.

Benefits of ACDF

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

  • A small incision
  • Muscle-sparing techniques
  • Reduced risk of infection and other complications^
  • No lengthy 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 options, 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 a member of our caring team who can provide you with more information regarding our minimally invasive ACDF procedure and other minimally invasive options.

You can also receive a free review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a candidate for one of our procedures.