Traditional open back operations vs. minimally invasive back operations

A back operation can help you find relief from your chronic back pain by treating the degenerative spine condition causing your pain and symptoms. Conditions that cause this neck and back pain could include a bulging disc, herniated disc, degenerative disc disease and bone spurs.

Since back pain from these conditions can be extremely debilitating, it may seem like deciding to undergo a back operation is a simple choice. However, it is important to consider the benefits and drawbacks of a back operation and to have realistic expectations about what to anticipate after the procedure is completed by using the information provided in the following article.

Traditional open back operations

Surgery should always be considered a last resort for treatment due to its increased risks and invasive nature. If you are diagnosed with a spine condition, your doctor will probably first prescribe a series of conservative treatments such as pain medication, physical therapy, extended rest and other methods. Only if a full course of treatment does not relieve your back pain should surgery become an option.

A traditional open back operation may be appropriate to treat the root cause of your spine condition. The operation can involve removing an entire affected disc or other troubled portion of the spine and then stabilizing the spine. However, traditional open back surgery has drawbacks.

This procedure is typically highly invasive and uses large incisions that are muscle tearing. You may be required to stay in the hospital for two to five days and full recovery could take anywhere from several weeks to a year. Risk of infection, a return of symptoms or nerve injury could extend your recovery. Also, undergoing a back operation is a huge commitment and surgical options should be fully explored.

Minimally invasive back operations

There is now a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery^ that avoids many of the difficulties that come with it. Laser Spine Institute is the leader in a minimally invasive approach to spine surgery, having helped more than 75,000 patients get their lives back from chronic neck and pain. To learn more about our minimally invasive back operation, contact our dedicated team today.

During one of our minimally invasive decompression or stabilization procedures, our board-certified surgeons+ remove the source of painful nerve compression using small incisions and micro-instruments. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis which reduces hospital-associated costs, and patients are often able to be up and walking within a few hours of surgery.^

To find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive back operations, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.* We can help guide you on your next step to find pain relief.