What is a posterior cervical fusion?

Suffering from the chronic pain of a cervical (neck) spine condition can reduce your overall quality of life. When you’re living with severe neck pain, simple tasks like driving or sleeping can become almost impossible. This type of chronic pain needs to be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy.

If you have been diagnosed with a cervical condition, such as myelopathy or another degenerative condition, the first recommended form of treatment should be conservative, nonsurgical methods. If several months of conservative treatment has not reduced your pain to an acceptable level, you may be recommended to undergo a posterior cervical fusion.

Conservative treatments

Though factors such as the severity of your condition and instability may cause your physician to recommend spine surgery, many patients begin conservative treatments to treat the pain and symptoms of cervical spine conditions.

Some of the most common conservative treatments include:

  • Stretching
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • Injections
  • Water therapy
  • Massage
  • Low-impact exercise

Your doctor will monitor your progress and pain relief throughout your treatment routine. If you’re still suffering after several months of consistent treatment, your doctor may recommend a cervical fusion.

The posterior cervical fusion has traditionally been performed in a hospital setting, often requiring a large incision and a lengthy postoperative recovery. However, the minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion (also known as a stabilization) at Laser Spine Institute gives patients a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck fusion.

Minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion

The minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion at Laser Spine Institute is performed in our state-of-the-art outpatient ambulatory surgery centers, located regionally across the United States. Because of our minimally invasive techniques, our patients can benefit from the following advantages over traditional open neck or back surgery:

  • Small incision
  • Shorter recovery time^
  • 0.49 percent infection rate,^ as opposed to the up to 19 percent of traditional surgery
  • 81 percent of patients return to work within 3 months
  • Patient satisfaction score of 96^

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