Posterior cervical fusion conditions

Posterior cervical fusion conditions, or severe spine conditions in the neck (cervical spine), can greatly reduce your ability to perform everyday tasks. Something once simple, such as turning your head when driving or looking down to garden can become almost impossible, forcing you to sit on the sidelines of life until your pain subsides.

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand the impact your pain has on your life, which is why we are dedicated to offering you not only the highest quality service and care, but also comprehensive information to help you make a confident choice about the treatment options available to you.

Conditions in the cervical spine

A posterior cervical fusion is used to treat a variety of severe degenerative conditions in the cervical spine, including:

  • Myelopathy
  • Instability caused by degeneration
  • Spinal deformities
  • Severe herniated discs

While more mild forms of these conditions can sometimes be treated with conservative treatment, severe damage in the spine may require surgery. Once your doctor diagnoses the cause of your neck pain, you can begin discussing the treatment options available to you.

Symptoms treated by posterior cervical fusion

The spine conditions that may require posterior cervical fusion can be recognized by some of the following symptoms:

  • Radiating pain in arms and hands
  • Loss of control of extremities
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness in arms and hands
  • Trouble walking or moving at a consistent pace
  • Burning sensations

Minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion

While traditionally these symptoms have been treated with an open neck cervical fusion, Laser Spine Institute offers patients a safer and effective surgical alternative: minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion (also known as a stabilization).

Performed through a small incision in the back of the neck, our surgeons are able to spread the muscle, avoiding any unnecessary cutting and tearing. This minimally invasive approach provides a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of postoperative complications compared to traditional open neck fusion.

Once the surgeons reach the spine, the two vertebrae surrounding the damaged piece of the spine will be fused together to add stability and relieve pressure from the pinched nerve.

To find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today and send us your MRI report or CT scan to review.