Minimally invasive stabilization — an alternative to C5-C6-C7 fusion surgery

Patients who suffer from spine conditions affecting the C5-C6-C7 vertebrae of the cervical (upper) spine might consider cervical fusion to help relieve the chronic pain associated with certain spine conditions. If your doctor has recommended cervical fusion for your chronic neck pain, it is important for you to research the types of cervical fusion available to you.

Previously, only traditional open neck cervical fusion was available to patients with pain in the C5-C6-C7 vertebrae. However, with advances in medical technology and surgical technique, the board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute are able to provide an alternative to traditional open neck fusion with our minimally invasive stabilization procedures for the cervical spine. We are interested in helping you make the best decision about your spine care, please contact our team for more information about your condition and potential treatment options.

What is minimally invasive stabilization in the C5-C6-C7 vertebrae?

A minimally invasive stabilization is an approach to fusion, such as C5-C6-C7 fusion. This specific type of procedure involves the permanent fusion of the lower three cervical vertebrae. During this procedure, the discs at C5-C6 and C6-C7 are removed. In their places, bone grafts are inserted and secured in place with hardware. Over time, a solid segment of bone will form to immobilize these segments in the lower portion of the cervical spine. This minimally invasive procedure is performed through a small incision in the neck.

Some of the most common conditions that would lead to fusion in the neck include herniated discs, collapsed discs, or another degenerative spine condition or injury that is causing compression of the cervical spinal nerve roots or the spinal cord.

Minimally invasive cervical fusion versus traditional cervical fusion

At Laser Spine Institute, we want to provide a safer and effective alternative^ to the traditional cervical fusion available to patients with chronic neck pain. Our surgeons developed a minimally invasive approach to a cervical fusion procedure, which is performed through a small incision in the neck. Unlike traditional fusions that make a large incision in the neck and cut through surrounding muscles, our minimally invasive surgery is far less disruptive to the surrounding muscles and soft tissue. This means that you will have a streamlined outpatient experience and a shorter recovery time^ with our minimally invasive cervical fusion.

Here are just a few other advantages of Laser Spine Institute:

  • Patient satisfaction score of 96^
  • No lengthy recovery^
  • A small incision and muscle-sparing techniques
  • Board-certified surgeons+

If you are interested in learning more about our minimally invasive cervical fusion in the C5-C6-C7 vertebrae, please call our team today. We can help you receive a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.