Types of posterior cervical fusions

If you are suffering from spinal cord compression or myelopathy and have exhausted conservative treatment, a posterior cervical fusion is a common surgical recommendation. Before electing to undergo any procedure however, it is important to understand the associated risks, benefits and full range of potential surgical options available.

At Laser Spine Institute, our goal is to help as many patients as possible make treatment decisions that can get them back to the lives they’ve been missing. Learning about conditions and treatments is a great first step on that journey.

Traditional posterior cervical fusion

For a long time, the only option for patients electing a posterior cervical fusion was a highly invasive surgical performed in a hospital setting. A traditional posterior cervical fusion procedure typically involves:

  • A two- to five-night hospital stay
  • A large incision that severs supporting muscles
  • Months of recovery and physical therapy after the operation
  • Up to a 19 percent national hospital infection rate
Innovation in medical technology and the parallel development of surgical technique have made a more minimally invasive approach to surgery possible, allowing conditions such as myelopathy to be treated with a minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion.

Minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion

Performed through a small, muscle-sparing incision, a minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion offers a number of benefits over the traditional invasive approach. Patients undergoing this procedure at Laser Spine Institute can expect:

  • No lengthy recovery^
  • A less than 1-inch incision
  • An outpatient procedure
  • Reduced risk of infection

Laser Spine Institute

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive surgery, having helped more than 75,000 patients get their lives back from neck and back pain. Our highly skilled surgeons perform minimally invasive decompression procedures and minimally invasive stabilizations — like a posterior cervical fusion — in our state-of-the-art outpatient facilities located across the United States.

To learn more about our minimally invasive spine surgery and patient-centered approach to care, contact our Care Team today. We can offer you a no-cost MRI review* to see if you are a potential candidate for our procedures that may help you get back to a full and active life.