Spinal bone fusion information

Minimally invasive stabilization for a ruptured disc

If you are considering a spinal bone fusion procedure for the treatment of a ruptured disc in your neck or back, it is important to know the full range of options before consenting to any form of surgical treatment. Surgery is generally considered as a last resort and should only be an option once a wide range of conservative treatments has been attempted, or in rare cases, when the ruptured disc requires emergency treatment.

Patients are often anxious about traditional open fusions because they require large, muscle-tearing incisions and the insertion of hardware that leads to a long and difficult rehabilitation period. Minimally invasive stabilization fusion surgery is an alternative that can offer many advantages compared to a traditional fusion. This is an option that any patient considering spinal bone fusion surgery for a ruptured disc should consider.

How is minimally invasive stabilization performed?

Minimally invasive stabilization accomplishes the same goals as a traditional open fusion but uses state-of-the-art surgical equipment and techniques. Here are the typical steps for a procedure:

  • The surgeon only uses a small incision to access the damaged disc, using a series of dilating tubes to avoid unnecessary muscle damage
  • The ruptured disc is usually removed in its entirety
  • A bone graft and stabilizing hardware is inserted into the space formerly occupied by the disc

Benefits of minimally invasive stabilization

Minimally invasive stabilization offers many benefits over traditional open spinal bone fusion. The large incisions and muscle disruption of traditional procedures increases the risk of complications like nerve damage and scarring. A minimally invasive stabilization minimizes this tissue trauma, leading to less risk. The procedure’s minimally invasive nature also allows patients to enjoy a faster rehabilitation^ than that associated with a traditional open spine fusion. These outpatient procedures also have a lower risk of infection because they are performed at a surgery center.

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, having helped more than 75,000 patients to date in our state-of-the-art surgery centers across the United States. Our highly skilled surgeons perform minimally invasive stabilization and minimally invasive decompression procedures that treat a range of conditions and levels of severity.

To learn if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact our Care Team today and ask for your no-cost MRI review.*