What is minimally invasive spinal fusion?

If you have been diagnosed with a spine condition and have exhausted conservative treatments, you may have been recommended to undergo spinal fusion surgery. Traditional open back fusion is a highly invasive procedure that typically requires several days of hospitalization. Because of the muscle disruption involved, the procedure comes with risks of infection, excessive blood loss and failed back surgery syndrome.

Although a traditional fusion is sometimes necessary and there are risks associated with any type of surgical procedure, it is important to understand that traditional open spinal fusion is not the only option. Due to advances in medical technology and surgical technique, minimally invasive spinal fusion is now possible.

Minimally invasive approaches to spinal fusion

At Laser Spine Institute, we believe that patients should be able to choose the least invasive option for spinal fusion that is possible for them. Our minimally invasive stabilization, or minimally invasive spinal fusion, takes a muscle-sparing approach. Instead of cutting through the muscles, our board-certified surgeons+ developed a procedure that allows spinal fusion to be completed through a small incision and with techniques that gently spread the muscles aside. The result is a streamlined, outpatient procedure that offers many benefits to our patients.

Minimally invasive stabilization at Laser Spine Institute

The goal of our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is to remove the portion of the spine that is causing instability and replace it with material to offer the proper support and alignment in the spine. Many times, a minimally invasive stabilization procedure will be used to treat a degenerative disc condition, such as a bulging disc or herniated disc. A spinal disc’s main purpose is to cushion and space the vertebrae of the spine so the spine can move in a full range of motion without vertebrae scraping against each other. In these cases a minimally invasive stabilization can be performed to remove the disc and insert bone graft material to fuse the surrounding vertebrae. The objective is to stabilize the spine and align the vertebrae properly to avoid future nerve compression.

For more information about our minimally invasive stabilization surgery at Laser Spine Institute, please contact our caring team. We’re pleased to provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.