Minimally invasive alternatives to spinal fusion treatment

By Michael Perry, M.D.

Minimally invasive stabilization treatment for pinched nerves

Minimally invasive stabilization treatment is a form of spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute, aimed at relieving the symptoms of spinal nerve compression. Nerve compression, or a pinched nerve, in the spine is a fairly common condition that can be caused by a variety of degenerative conditions or injuries. Stabilization surgery is recommended in cases where removal of the spinal anatomy compressing the nerve requires the insertion of material to stabilize the spine and limit excessive movement.

Spine surgery usually becomes an option for cases of chronic, debilitating neck or back pain when weeks or months of conservative treatment options do not bring looked for relief. Pinched nerves can be an especially difficult condition to live with, making it hard to get through a day of work or enjoy time with your family. Learning about the full range of treatment options available to treat pinched nerves in the spine can help you make a treatment decision with a better chance of getting you back to an active life with less pain.

Symptoms that stabilization treatment can relieve

Symptoms of pinched nerves occur when displaced spinal anatomy, such as a herniated disc or a bone spur, puts pressure on any of the tightly packed nerves running through the spine. In addition to local pain, usually in the neck or lower back, a pinched nerve can also cause problems to radiate out into the extremities. These symptoms include:

  • Shooting pain in the upper or lower extremities
  • Numbness or a pins-and-needles sensation in the arms or legs
  • Muscle weakness or spasms

Spine surgery attempts to relieve these symptoms by accessing the spine to remove the source of pressure. In many cases, a procedure known as a decompression surgery, which only removes the material putting pressure on the nerve without the need to insert additional hardware, can accomplish this. A stabilization procedure is recommended in cases where a large amount of tissue would need to be removed to decompress the nerve.

What type of stabilization treatment is right for me?

If you are considering surgery, keep in mind that there are two types of spinal stabilization surgery available: minimally invasive stabilization treatment and traditional open spine fusion surgery. A traditional open spine procedure requires a large muscle-tearing incision, overnight hospitalization and, typically, a long rehabilitation. A minimally invasive stabilization surgery at Laser Spine Institute uses state-of-the-art technology to access the spine with a small incision that minimizes muscle disruption, resulting in an outpatient procedure with a shorter recovery time^ for our patients.

To learn more about minimally invasive stabilization treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute. We offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.