Is spinal fusion the only option to treat chronic back pain?

Spinal fusion for chronic back pain is a treatment option that may become a recommendation when conservative methods of treatment do not offer relief from symptoms. This type of spine surgery is required for severe conditions that involve the removal of a large portion of spinal anatomy and the implantation of bone graft material to fuse and stabilize a segment of the spine.

Spinal fusion can be overwhelming to consider. The possible risks include infection at the surgical site, failed back surgery syndrome and other complications. However, there is an alternative treatment option that offers a shorter recovery time^ and lowers these risks: the minimally invasive stabilization surgery at Laser Spine Institute.

Before you move forward with any spine surgery, it’s important to research the potential risks and benefits of all options available to you. This way, you can make an informed and confident decision about your spine care needs.

Two approaches to spinal fusion

Spinal fusion could potentially be recommended if the symptoms of degenerative disc disease, facet disease, spinal stenosis or other similar conditions do not respond to several weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment.

Generally speaking, spinal fusion for back pain can be accomplished two different ways.

  • Traditional open spine surgery. Historically, the only option for patients who required spinal fusion for their back pain was through full open spine surgery. This approach must be completed in a hospital, requiring a large initial incision and significant disruption of muscles and other soft tissue around the neck or back. This typically results in a lengthy recovery process.
  • Minimally invasive procedures. This approach to spinal fusion requires a much smaller initial incision to access the spine. Muscle tissue is pushed aside, rather than cut, which contributes to a shorter recovery period.^ Because of the minimally invasive approach to the spine, this procedure can be performed as an outpatient surgery, eliminating the need for several nights in the hospital and reducing the risk of infection.

Minimally invasive stabilization

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Since 2005, our highly skilled surgeons have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck and back pain at our state-of-the-art facilities across the United States.

To learn more about the advantages our procedures offer over traditional open spine surgery, contact us today. We can review your MRI report or CT scan at no-cost* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.