Fusion of the spine

Open spine procedures have traditionally dominated the field of spine surgery. However, today’s patients have an alternative to a highly invasive traditional fusion of the spine, in the form of minimally invasive spine surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, our team performs minimally invasive stabilization procedures that relieve neck or back pain in an outpatient setting and offers a clinically appropriate alternative to open neck or back surgery.^

Conservative treatment

In almost every instance, spinal fusion is considered to be the treatment of last resort for individuals who experience debilitating pain stemming from degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis or any other number of spinal abnormalities. More often than not, a regimen of conservative treatment methods followed over the course of several weeks or months will provide sufficient pain relief.

Treatment options vary widely from patient to patient depending on the cause, location and severity of the symptoms, among other variables. Usually, a regimen of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), hot/cold therapy and low-impact exercise will offer the pain relief a patient requires. If, however, conservative treatment fails to lessen your pain after at least a few weeks or months, a physician may recommend surgery to treat the condition.

Surgical alternative to a fusion of the spine

There are a number of benefits associated with the minimally invasive stabilization procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute. While traditional open spine surgery requires a large 6- to 8-inch incision, has large risks and requires a two- to five-day hospital stay, our techniques involve:

  • A shorter recovery period^
  • A lower risk of complication^
  • A patient satisfaction score of 98 ^
  • A small incision that is muscle sparing
  • A patient recommendation score of 98 out of 100^
  • Less surgical blood loss and a reduced risk of infection^
  • An outpatient procedure that reduces hospital-associated costs^

While everyone experiencing chronic neck or back pain won’t be a candidate for one of these minimally invasive stabilization surgeries, at Laser Spine Institute we perform a number of other minimally invasive surgeries that are designed to address common degenerative spine conditions as safer and effective alternatives to traditional open spinal fusion. ^

If your physician has recommended you for a spinal fusion to relieve your pain and discomfort, contact us today. We have had the privilege of helping thousands of patients find lasting relief from their chronic neck or back pain. Ask for a free MRI review* to determine if our minimally invasive stabilization procedures would be effective in getting you back to your daily routine.