Alternatives to traditional cervical fusion — full open spine surgery is not the only option

Suffering from chronic neck pain related to a spine condition does not have to be your only option if you have exhausted conservative treatments but have concerns about undergoing traditional cervical fusion.

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand your pain and the frustration you may be feeling in trying to find relief. That is why we offer patients a safer and effective^ approach to treating cervical spine conditions with our minimally invasive stabilization procedures.

Unlike traditional open spine surgeries such as cervical fusion, our minimally invasive spine surgery provides a shorter recovery time and less risk of complication.^ We encourage you to research this alternative treatment option and find out if you are a potential candidate before committing to a traditional spinal fusion.

Minimally invasive anterior cervical discectomy and fusion

One of the most common types of cervical stabilization procedures we offer is a minimally invasive anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). This minimally invasive surgery takes a different approach to treatment than traditional open neck fusion. Because the vertebrae of the spine are on the anterior side (front) of the spine, our surgeons access the vertebrae through a small incision in the front of the neck.

The opposing strategy is to enter the spine from a large incision in the back of the neck, cutting through and detaching the muscles around the spine in order to reach the vertebrae. Once our surgeon accesses the spine from the front of the neck using muscle-sparing techniques, the surgeon will remove the damaged disc that is causing painful nerve compression and will replace the damaged disc with bone graft material to fuse the surrounding vertebrae.

The Laser Spine Institute advantage

Take a look at some of the other advantages of our minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute:

  • An outpatient procedure
  • A small incision
  • Less risk of infection, nerve damage and scar tissue formation^
  • Limited disruption of musculature surrounding the spine
  • No lengthy recovery^

If you have a degenerative condition of the neck and have been recommended to undergo traditional open spine cervical fusion, contact Laser Spine Institute. We will perform a free MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for ACDF or one of our other outpatient procedures.