Preparing for posterior cervical fusion surgery
Before undergoing any surgery, it is important to understand the risks and benefits associated with that surgery, as well as prepare yourself for your recovery period. At Laser Spine Institute, we are committed to helping patients find relief through each step of our streamlined patient experience. From your first consultation to your postoperative exam, our goal is to support and assist you in any way possible.
Before undergoing your minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion at Laser Spine Institute, it is important to become familiar with the procedure itself. Unlike the traditional open neck posterior cervical fusion, our minimally invasive procedure is performed through a small incision in the back of the neck. This more minimally invasive approach greatly reduces the scarring caused by unnecessary cutting and tearing of tissues and ligaments, as well as the risk of complication and the length of recovery^ compared to traditional open neck fusion.
In fact, our minimally invasive procedures hold many benefits over traditional open neck surgery, including:
- Outpatient procedures
- Small incision
- 0.49 percent infection rate, ^ traditional surgery boasts up to a 19 percent infection rate^
- 81 percent of patients are back to work within 3 months
- Shorter recovery time^
The best way to prepare for your procedure is to be ready to follow the guidelines given by your surgical team after your surgery. You will be given instructions for walking and activity restrictions to help your spine strengthen and avoid injury during your recovery period. In the days before surgery, make sure you have followed our specific medication guidelines for your safety, ensuring you are ready for your surgery upon arrival at our facility.
You will have time before your procedure to ask any questions you have about the surgery itself or what to expect during recovery. For more information on our streamlined patient experience, or our minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion, contact Laser Spine Institute today.
If you have already undergone our minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion (also known as a stabilization) or any of our other minimally invasive spine surgeries and you have a question or concern, contact our 24-hour SPINE LINE.