Minimally invasive stabilization — a surgical procedure to relieve back pain
Among the biggest causes of chronic back pain are degenerative spine conditions that can destabilize the spinal column and put pressure on spinal nerves. Back pain and other symptoms like muscle spasms, tingling, numbness and weakness can be disruptive to your ability to have a good quality of life, affecting your relationships, work and favorite pastimes.
In a large number of cases, conservative treatments like exercise, steroid injections, pain medications and physical therapy help many find lasting relief, but they don’t work for everyone. Surgery, such as a traditional open spinal fusion, may be recommended to decompress nerves and stabilize the spinal column. However there are downsides to this type of procedure that can make patients reluctant to undergo spine surgery. As an alternative, the board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute perform minimally invasive stabilization surgery that provides many advantages.
Goals and benefits of minimally invasive stabilization
Fusion procedures are recommended for patients with severe spine conditions that require removal of a large portion of spinal anatomy, like a degenerative disc, which would destabilize the spinal column. To provide stability, surgeons implant bone graft material to fuse surrounding vertebrae together. Performed as traditional open back surgery, this type of procedure requires a large incision which can disrupt surrounding musculature, increase the risk of complications and require a long recovery period.
Minimally invasive stabilization at Laser Spine Institute has the same basic goals as a traditional fusion, but uses advances in medical technology and surgical techniques to provide the following benefits to our patients:
- A smaller incision
- Less muscle and nerve damage
- Performed on an outpatient basis
- A shorter recovery time^
- Lower complication rate compared to traditional procedures
Is minimally invasive stabilization right for you?
If you have lost stability in your spine due to a fracture, scoliosis, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease and have been recommended for a traditional open spine fusion, reach out to Laser Spine Institute today. We are the leaders in minimally invasive spine surgery and have been able to help more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck and back pain since 2005.
Our dedicated team can help you receive a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.