Fusion surgery for the upper back

Patients who suffer from degenerative disc disease and have not found lasting pain relief from several weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment may benefit from the 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. Factors, such as the patient’s age, overall health and the severity of his or her condition will influence whether they are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.

What is degenerative disc disease?

Cervical degenerative disc disease is a condition that occurs over time when the discs of the neck and upper back degenerate to the point that they no longer function properly. A lifetime of activities like bending, lifting and twisting take 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 compress 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 pain and discomfort without surgery, but some patients will require surgery to achieve long-lasting relief. For patients with especially severe cervical nerve compression, upper back fusion surgery may become necessary.

How can minimally invasive fusion help?

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion involve the complete removal of the damaged 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 is performed on an outpatient basis, uses a small incision and does not unnecessarily disrupt the muscles or ligaments surrounding the spine, thereby resulting in a safer and effective 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. We have helped thousands of patients find lasting relief from their chronic neck or back conditions and we look forward to helping you regain your quality of life from degenerative disc disease. Ask for a free MRI review* today to learn if our procedures would be effective for you.