Alternatives to traditional posterior cervical fusion

Posterior cervical fusion is a spine surgery often used to treat severe degeneration or injury in the cervical spine (neck). This type of procedure is a traditional open neck fusion, which is performed in a hospital and is associated with several risks and complications.

All surgeries come with a percentage of risk, but some procedures have higher rates of complication and infection than others. Before you agree to a posterior cervical fusion, learn about the available treatment alternatives listed below that may help lower your risks, reduce your recovery time and take a step toward achieving a life free of posterior cervical fusion pain.

Risks of traditional posterior cervical fusion

If you are suffering from a cervical condition including myelopathy, instability, degeneration or deformity, your doctor may have recommended a posterior cervical fusion to treat your condition.

Traditionally, this procedure uses highly invasive techniques that increase a patient’s risk of posterior cervical fusion pain, complications and infection, as well as a prolonged recovery time. However, patients who research their treatment options are choosing a safer and effective alternative^ to traditional posterior cervical fusion — the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.

Benefits of minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion

Performed through a small incision in the back of the neck, Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion is also known as a stabilization. Unlike the traditional counterpart, our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is performed through a small incision and uses muscle-sparing techniques to reduce posterior cervical fusion pain. We are pleased to offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.

Our procedure holds a variety of benefits over the traditional open neck surgery, including:

  • A less than 1-inch incision, compared to the large incisions in traditional open spine surgery
  • A 0.49 percent infection rate,^ as opposed to up to 19 percent at other spine surgery providers
  • A patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100 and a patient satisfaction score of 96^
  • No lengthy recovery, with 81 percent of patients returning back to daily activities within three months^

Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about our outpatient procedures and take the next step on your journey toward posterior cervical fusion pain relief.