Traditional spinal fusion treatment — are there any alternatives?

If your physician has recommended traditional spinal fusion treatment for a degenerative spine condition, you may also want to consider a minimally invasive alternative from Laser Spine Institute. Our surgeons can perform minimally invasive stabilization surgery that offers many advantages over traditional open fusion procedures.

These minimally invasive stabilization procedures can treat conditions like herniated discs, bulging discs, low-grade spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis while providing stability when a large amount of spinal tissue needs to be removed. Unlike a traditional fusion procedure, our stabilizations are performed through a small, muscle-sparing incision that leads to many advantages over traditional procedures.

Traditional open spine fusions

For many years, if a patient had exhausted conservative treatments and required surgery, a hospital-based open back procedure was the only option. Accessing the spine to remove the portion of spinal anatomy causing pain — like a disc or bone spur — required a large incision and disrupting supporting muscles. The patients who undergo traditional spinal fusion treatment can expect:

  • Several days of hospitalization
  • A long, sometimes painful, recovery period
  • Increased risk of scarring, infection and other post-surgical complications

The minimally invasive advantage

Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, the benefits offered by traditional spinal fusion treatment can be gained by patients with a reduced risk of complication. At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive stabilization procedures can address degenerative spine conditions by decompressing spinal nerves and restoring spinal stability. Specific procedures include decompression with Interlaminar Stabilization™ device, anterior cervical discectomy fusion, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion and lateral lumbar interbody fusion procedures that offer the following advantages:

  • Are performed on an outpatient basis
  • Use a small incision that causes less muscle disruption
  • Results in a shorter recovery time, with many patients encouraged to walk within hours of surgery^

Find out if you’re a candidate

If conservative treatment does not relieve the symptoms of a degenerative spine condition after several weeks or months and your physician has advised you to undergo spinal fusion treatment, reach out to Laser Spine Institute today.

Our dedicated team of Spine Care Consultants can tell you how to receive a no-cost review of your MRI* to see if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.