Does a herniated disc ever require spinal fusion surgery?

Spinal fusion may be recommended if weeks or months of conservative treatment, like physical therapy or medication, are unable to relieve the symptoms of a herniated disc. There is a wide range of potential surgical treatments for a herniated disc, with a fusion being necessary in cases where a severely damaged herniated disc requires full removal.

If you have been recommended for this type of procedure, it is important to make as informed of a decision as possible so you can be confident about undergoing spinal fusion surgery. Learning more about the differences between traditional open spine procedures and the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute can help you get back to the people and activities you love.

Traditional open spinal fusion

Traditional open neck and back spinal fusion surgery involves a long incision, often 3 to 5 inches in length, which allows access to the spinal column. Because of the disruption of musculature that often occurs in the neck or back, these procedures may require a hospital stay, months of rehabilitation and up to a 19 percent chance of infection.

Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive stabilization procedures, which are an alternative to spinal fusion, focus on reducing these negative effects through developments in surgical technology and techniques. This outpatient procedure reduces the chance of infection to 0.41 percent by using a smaller muscle-sparing incision.

Advantages of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery:

  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • A smaller incision
  • Outpatient procedure

The goals are the same with traditional open neck or back spinal fusion and Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures. With both methods the ruptured disc is removed and replaced with material that is fused to the surrounding vertebrae. However, by taking a minimally invasive outpatient approach to fusion, our patients can enjoy less risk of complication and a shorter recovery period compared to traditional procedures.^

Am I a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure?

If your physician has advised you to consider spinal fusion surgery, you might be a candidate for one of Laser Spine Institute’s state-of-the-art procedures. Since 2005, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from neck or back pain — allowing them to return to work and other daily activities.

Contact Laser Spine Institute now for a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.