Upper back fusion surgery

Patients suffering from chronic upper back pain and have not found lasting pain relief from non-surgical treatment may benefit from minimally invasive stabilization surgery at Laser Spine Institute. This form of minimally invasive upper back fusion surgery involves replacing a damaged disc with an implant to stabilize the spine. Candidacy for surgery will depend on a variety of factors, including the patient’s age, overall health and the severity of his or her condition.

What is degenerative disc disease?

Cervical degenerative disc disease is a condition that occurs over time when the intervertebral discs of the neck and upper back degenerate to the point that they no longer function properly. A lifetime of bending, twisting and other activities takes its toll on the spine, and the discs eventually lose water content and elasticity. When they are no longer able to sustain the pressure placed on them by the adjacent vertebrae, the discs may collapse, herniate or bulge. These conditions can remain asymptomatic, but in some cases, the damaged discs press on nearby cervical spine nerve roots. As a result, they can cause the following symptoms in the neck, upper back, shoulders, arms and hands:

  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness

The majority of patients who experience symptomatic degenerative disc disease can manage their discomfort without surgery, but some patients will require surgery to achieve meaningful relief. For patients with especially severe cervical nerve compression, upper back fusion surgery may be an option.

How can minimally invasive fusion help?

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion involve the complete removal of the damaged intervertebral disc, and, in the newly empty space between the vertebrae, a bone graft is inserted and secured in place with small titanium plates. This procedure does not require hospitalization, nor does it necessitate a large incision or the disruption of muscles and other internal soft tissues. This makes it an effective and highly favorable alternative to traditional open spine fusion.

If you are considering spine surgery for cervical degenerative disc disease, contact us to learn more about the minimally invasive upper back fusion surgery offered at Laser Spine Institute. Call today for your MRI review to see if you are a candidate for our surgery.