Posterior cervical fusion side effects
Before undergoing any type of procedure, it is important to understand what the potential risks or side effects may be. Trauma and degenerative changes to the cervical (upper) spine can cause debilitating symptoms for many people. While conservative treatment, such as medication and physical therapy, is often effective, in other cases it can provide little to no relief. If surgery does become a serious consideration, it is important to understand that spine procedures are typically elective and the treatment benefits should be weighed against the risks, including misdiagnosis, failed neck or back surgery or infection.
Patients should also be aware of the full range of approaches to cervical fusion, including minimally invasive and traditional open spine procedures. Traditional open neck posterior cervical fusions performed in a hospital setting are generally associated with:
- Large incision
- Months of postoperative recovery and physical therapy
- Overnight hospital stay
- Up to a 19 percent infection rate^
The minimally invasive alternative
Although traditional open surgery was once the only option for patients suffering from instability caused by cervical spine conditions, developments in surgical technology and technique have led to the possibility of a less invasive approach. Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive surgery, helping thousands of patients find relief since 2005. In addition to a lower risk of infection, 0.41 percent, and other complications,^ our minimally invasive procedures offer many benefits over traditional open neck and back surgery.
Advantages of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery
Posterior cervical fusion at Laser Spine Institute is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed through a small incision at the back of the neck, sparing the muscles from excessive cutting or tearing. During this outpatient procedure, two or more vertebrae are fused together to help relieve symptoms associated with compressed nerves, spinal instability and deformity and severe herniated discs. For more information on our minimally invasive alternative to traditional open neck posterior cervical fusion, contact Laser Spine Institute today.
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