Minimally invasive stabilization surgery for cervical myelopathy

A minimally invasive stabilization surgery may be a viable treatment option for patients with cervical myelopathy — especially for those who have not been able to find symptom relief with conservative treatments. In the past, a traditional open spinal fusion — which is a highly invasive procedure — was the only surgical option available for patients with cervical myelopathy, which is compression of the spinal cord in the upper spine. Fusions are typically recommended for severe cases of cervical myelopathy that require removal of a large amount of spinal material, such as an entire damaged disc, which can destabilize the spine. To provide stability, surgeons can implant material, like a bone graft, to fuse the surrounding vertebrae together.

Luckily, innovative surgical techniques offer a minimally invasive approach to a spinal fusion. At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive stabilization procedures can address nerve compression and provide stability when a large amount of tissue needs to be removed. While the goals of minimally invasive stabilization are similar to those of traditional open spine fusion, there are key differences in the outcomes of these two procedures.

Benefits of minimally invasive fusion

Open spinal fusion for cervical myelopathy typically requires hospitalization, a large incision, disruption of the muscles and a long rehabilitation. A stabilizing minimally invasive fusion at Laser Spine Institute offers many benefits, including:

  • An outpatient procedure which helps patients avoid hospital-associated costs
  • A small, muscle-sparing incision
  • Less risk of infection
  • A shorter rehabilitation period^ compared to traditional open spine fusions

At our state-of-the-art surgery centers, the Laser Spine Institute team is committed to patient-centered care. From greeting every patient with a warm smile, to taking the time to make sure you fully understand your procedure, we put the wellness and comfort of every patient at the center of every decision we make.

Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more

If you have been diagnosed with cervical myelopathy and are considering surgery to relieve the pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness in your neck, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Our dedicated team can help you find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery by providing you with a no-cost MRI review.*