Minimally invasive spinal fusion — a closer look

If you are a patient who has been diagnosed with a spine condition, you have probably heard about a spinal fusion. Even if you are not ready or required to undergo spinal fusion, you have probably heard stories of people preparing for the surgery or recovery from the procedure. Whatever your experience with spinal fusion, you might have heard some mixed reviews about the effectiveness of the procedure.

Traditional open back fusion is a highly invasive surgery that requires several days of hospitalization. Although the surgery is performed by skilled surgeons, the procedure comes with risks of infection, excessive blood loss and failed back surgery syndrome. The main reason why there are so many risks associated with traditional open back fusion is that the surgery requires the muscles on the outside of the spine to be cut through in order to access the spine. These surrounding muscles help stabilize and align the spine. When the structure of these muscles is torn through, the spine risks not healing properly because it doesn’t have the proper stabilizing muscles to support it.

At Laser Spine Institute, we believe that patients should have a safer, more effective option for spinal fusion. Our minimally invasive spinal fusion, also called minimally invasive stabilization (MIS), takes a more precise and effective approach to the treatment of neck or back pain. Instead of cutting through the muscles, our surgeons developed a minimally invasive procedure that allows the spinal fusion to be completed through a small incision (about 1-inch) in the back without disrupting any surrounding muscles. That means that our patients experience a shorter, more effective recovery time* than patients who undergo traditional open back fusion.

Closer look at minimally invasive spinal fusion at Laser Spine Institute

The goal of our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is to remove the portion of the spine that is diseased or damaged, and replace it with either an implant or bone graft to offer the proper support and alignment in the spine. Many times, a minimally invasive stabilization procedure will be used to treat a degenerative spine condition, such as a bulging disc or herniated disc. In this particular example, a 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. During a minimally invasive stabilization surgery to treat a bulging disc or herniated disc, the entire damaged disc would be removed and a disc implant would be inserted into the empty disc space. This would immediately stabilize the spine and align the vertebrae properly.

For more information about our minimally invasive stabilization surgery at Laser Spine Institute, please contact our Care Team. We would love to help you find the treatment option that will best benefit your needs and recovery.