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 spine (neck) may cause symptoms for which conservative treatment, such as medication and physical therapy, provides little to no relief. However, a misdiagnosis, failed surgery or other complications can make matters much worse.
Open neck posterior cervical fusions performed in a hospital setting are generally associated with:

  • Large incision
  • Months of postoperative recovery and physical therapy
  • Two- to five-night hospital stay
  • Up to a 19 percent infection rate^

The minimally invasive alternative

Though open surgery was once the only option for patients suffering from instability caused by conditions such as myelopathy, degeneration of the spinal elements, and spinal deformities, with changes in medicine and technology there are now effective alternatives that negate some risks and downsides. Laser Spine Institute is a pioneer in minimally invasive surgery, having performed tens of thousands of successful outpatient procedures for our patients. In addition to a lower risk of infection (0.49 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:

  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Patient satisfaction score of 96^
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • Less than 1-inch incision
  • Outpatient procedure
  • 97 out of 100 patient recommendation rate^

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 being cut or torn. During the procedure, two or more vertebrae are fused together to help relieve symptoms associated with compressed nerves, spinal instability and deformity, and severe herniated discs. The surgeon inserts an implant and bone to provide immediate stability and relief from pain. This allows the disc space to fuse. Additional implants may be necessary to further stabilize the spine. For more information on our minimally invasive alternative to traditional open neck posterior cervical fusion, contact Laser Spine Institute today.

Call now for your MRI review to see if you are a candidate for surgery at Laser Spine Institute.