Fusion of the spine

Open spine procedures have traditionally dominated the field of orthopedic spine surgery. However, the scientific knowledge base continues to grow and, due to recent advances in medicine and laser science, today’s patients have an effective alternative to the traditional fusion of the spine, which is a highly invasive open spine surgery, in the form of minimally invasive spine surgery. The team at Laser Spine Institute has developed a group of minimally invasive stabilization procedures that utilize the very latest in technological developments to alleviate neck or back pain in an outpatient setting.

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, nonsurgical 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, but usually a regimen of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, 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.

What Laser Spine Institute offers

There are a number of benefits associated with the minimally invasive stabilization procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute. While traditional open spine surgery requires long incisions and has numerous risks, our techniques involve:

  • A small incision
  • Minimal risk for infection
  • Reduced postoperative pain
  • Faster recovery and rehabilitation^
  • Less scarring than open spine surgery
  • Outpatient procedure that eliminates 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 alternatives to traditional open spinal fusion. If your physician has recommended you for a spinal fusion to relieve your pain and other symptoms, contact us today. Our staff can evaluate your most recent MRI or CT scan to determine if you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive stabilization or other procedure.