Minimally invasive stabilization — overview of treatment options

By Michael Perry, M.D.

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative^ if you are considering surgical spine stabilization treatment. Until recently, patients requiring a spinal fusion had to undergo a highly invasive open spine surgery requiring a large incision and the significant disruption of muscles. Thanks to technological and medical advancements, the highly skilled surgeons at Laser Spine Institute are able to perform minimally invasive stabilization procedures that can help you find lasting relief from neck and back pain.

These outpatient procedures are performed with a small incision and advanced surgical tools that prevent the disruption of important supporting muscles in the back. This means a faster recovery period^ compared to traditional open spine surgery.

Procedures for the cervical spine

Laser Spine Institute offers stabilization treatment for the cervical spine (neck) with the following procedures:

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). A surgeon accesses the cervical spine through a small incision made in the anterior (front) of the neck. The source of painful nerve pinching — such as a bone spur or damaged disc material — is removed and the disc space is prepped for placement of a bone graft. A small titanium plate and screws are inserted to complete the stabilization process.
  • Cervical disc replacement. This is a minimally invasive option for the replacement of an unhealthy disc with a new, artificial disc to stabilize the region.
  • Posterior cervical fusion. A surgeon uses a small incision in the back of the neck to access the problem area, remove the necessary material and fuse the vertebrae together.

Procedures for the lumbar spine

The following surgical spine stabilization options treat pain caused by conditions in the lumbar (lower) spine:

  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody stabilization (TLIS). A small incision is made in the lower back near the affected area to relieve spinal cord or nerve root compression and stabilize adjacent vertebrae with a titanium plate and screws.
  • Lateral lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF). A small incision is made on the side of the body near the affected area to decompress nerves and stabilize the vertebrae with a titanium plate and screws.
  • SI joint fusion. This is a minimally invasive procedure where the sacrum and the pelvis are joined. Laser Spine Institute surgeons perform the procedure through a small incision with the guidance of direct visualization equipment.

Contact us to learn more

To learn more, reach out to our caring and dedicated team today. We are happy to offer a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.

If you’re considering spine surgery to treat the symptoms of a degenerative condition, contact Laser Spine Institute to find out if one of our outpatient procedures can help you get back to the life you deserve.