Back surgery overview

Back surgery is often a concerning and overwhelming thought for patients looking for pain relief from a spine condition. Often, back surgery is considered a last resort, which means if you are considering this procedure, you’ve already exhausted other treatment options and are still suffering from chronic pain.

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand the physical and emotional toll this pain is having on your quality of life. We’ve helped thousands of patients find relief from neck and back pain and we’re committed to helping people get their lives back from neck or back pain. If you are considering back surgery for your spine condition, make sure you research your surgical options thoroughly.

Types of back surgery available

There are two main types of spine surgery available to patients with severe spine conditions: traditional open back surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. In both methods, the goal of the surgery is typically to access the spine and remove the portion of spinal anatomy that is causing spinal nerve compression. In some cases, steps also may need to be taken to provide stability to the segment of the spinal column.

However, the methods used to reach this goal are very different between the approaches to spine surgery.

Traditional open back surgery

Traditional open spine surgery, including spinal fusion, begins with a large incision in the back, often cutting the surrounding muscles and temporarily detaching them from the body to access the spine. Because of this cutting and disruption, patients can face a relatively high risk of complications, such as infection, excessive blood loss, nerve damage and complications after the surgery, such as failed back surgery syndrome.^

Advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute

Alternatively, minimally invasive spine surgery offers an alternative to traditional open back surgery. The procedures at Laser Spine Institute are performed on an outpatient basis by our highly-skilled orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons with a muscle-sparing approach. Because of this, we can offer our patients a shorter recovery time and a lower risk of infection and complication compared to traditional open spine procedures.^

To learn more about back surgery and the minimally invasive, outpatient spine procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute, contact our dedicated team today.

We can provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.