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

Suffering from chronic neck pain does not have to be your only option in life — and undergoing traditional cervical fusion doesn’t have to be your only treatment option.

If you’ve been struggling to find effective pain relief from debilitating neck pain, and you’ve already exhausted all nonsurgical, conservative treatment options, you may be feeling desperate to find a solution for your condition. At Laser Spine Institute, we understand your pain and frustration. Many of our patients also felt this same overwhelming angst or hopelessness about finally finding pain relief for their long term spine conditions. That is why we offer patients a safer, more effective approach to treating cervical spine conditions with our minimally invasive stabilization procedures.

Unlike traditional open neck fusion, our minimally invasive stabilization procedures provide a shorter recovery time^ and higher patient satisfaction score. We encourage you to research this alternative treatment option before committing to a traditional spinal fusion.

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)

One of the most common types of cervical stabilization procedure we offer is the 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. This highly invasive approach is the main reason why traditional open neck surgery has a higher risk of complications, infection and excessive blood loss.

Once our surgeon accesses the spine from the front of the neck, the surgeon will remove the damaged disc that is compressing a nerve root and causing pain, and will replace the damaged disc with an artificial one. This provides the spine with more natural movement and spacing than solely metal fusions performed during traditional open neck surgery.

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

  • No overnight hospitalization
  • A small incision
  • Less risk of infection, nerve damage and scar tissue formation
  • No disruption of musculature surrounding the spine
  • A much shorter recovery^
  • Less risk of failed back surgery syndrome

If you have a degenerative condition of the neck and you are not ready to commit to traditional open spine cervical fusion, contact Laser Spine Institute. We will review your MRI to determine if you may be a candidate for ACDF or one of our other outpatient procedures.