What is a posterior cervical fusion?

Suffering from the chronic pain of a cervical (upper) 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 spine surgery, including a procedure such as a posterior cervical fusion.

Conservative treatments

Though factors such as the severity of your condition or spinal instability may cause your doctor to recommend spine surgery, many patients begin conservative treatments to treat the pain and symptoms of cervical spine conditions. Symptoms can either be the result of spinal cord compression, known as myelopathy, or nerve root compression, which is called radiculopathy.

Some of the most common conservative treatments include:

  • Stretching
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • Injections
  • Low-impact exercise
  • Therapeutic massage

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 surgical procedure such as 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 performed as a minimally invasive 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 versus traditional open neck or back surgery:

  • Small incision
  • Shorter recovery time^
  • 0.29 percent infection rate as opposed to the up to of traditional surgery^
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • Patient satisfaction score of 98^

To learn more about our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute.

We can help you receive a free review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.