Types of posterior cervical fusions

If you are suffering from spinal cord compression and related myelopathy symptoms and have exhausted conservative treatment, a posterior cervical fusion is a procedure that may be recommended. Before electing to undergo any procedure however, it is important to understand the associated risks and benefits as well as alternative approaches that may be available.

At Laser Spine Institute, our goal is to help patients 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. As you continue to research, please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Traditional posterior cervical fusion

For a long time, the only option for patients electing a posterior cervical fusion was a highly invasive procedure 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^

Advances in medical technology and 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 incision that involves muscle-sparing techniques, a minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion at Laser Spine Institute offers a number of benefits compared to a traditional open spine approach. Patients undergoing a procedure at Laser Spine Institute can expect:

  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • An outpatient procedure
  • Reduced risk of infection and complication compared to other spine surgery providers^

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, including 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 team today. We can offer you a free review of your MRI* to see if you are a potential candidate for our procedures that can help you get back to a full and active life.