Spinal fusion — stabilize the spine and relieve pain from compressed nerve
The spine is comprised of 33 small bones, called vertebrae, which are stacked one on top of the other. Between each vertebra rests a small, gel-like disc that allows the spine to bend and move in a full range of motion. These discs also protect components of the spine from compressing nerves and nerve roots in the surrounding spinal cord.
When a disc becomes diseased or when a vertebra causes a disruption to the disc or spinal canal, the spine may experience some instability. If this occurs, your physician may suggest that you undergo a spine stabilization (fusion) surgery.
Spinal Fusion Overview
The prospect of undergoing a spinal fusion might make you uncomfortable. Often, patients find themselves making a difficult decision when facing the prospect of open back fusion surgery. Most feel like it’s an ultimatum: either live in chronic pain or submit to a very invasive surgery.
At Laser Spine Institute, we understand why this decision seems overwhelming. We never want patients to feel like they are stuck in an ultimatum regarding their health and quality of life. That is why we created our minimally invasive stabilization surgery to bridge the gap between conservative treatments and traditional open back surgery. Instead of experiencing a very invasive open back surgery that requires usually six months to a year of recovery time, our minimally invasive spine fusion is performed through a minimal incision. This means the surrounding muscles and blood vessels will not be disrupted during the procedure and you will have a shorter recovery time.§
Spine Fusions offered at Laser Spine Institute
We offer several minimally invasive spinal fusions, depending on the spine condition with which you are diagnosed. Our minimally invasive stabilization (fusion) surgeries include:
- Decompression with Interlaminar Stabilization® Device
- Cervical Disc Replacement
- Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion
- Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
- Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
- Posterior Cervical Fusion
- SI Joint Fusion
If you are interested in learning more about our minimally invasive spine fusion surgeries, please contact our Spine Care Consultants. Our care team can help you schedule an MRI review to determine your candidacy for one of our procedures.