Undergoing lower back surgery with spinal fusion — the minimally invasive option

Traditional lower back surgery with open spinal fusion is a highly invasive operation because it involves large incisions and muscle disruption. While the surgery is meant to address a patient’s spinal cord and nerve root compression, as well as spinal instability and/or misalignment, its invasive nature can lead to a difficult and lengthy recovery for a patient. In some cases, symptoms can worsen or develop postoperatively in previously unaffected areas of the spine. For this reason, many patients who require lower back surgery with fusion choose to explore minimally invasive options.

What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive back surgery with fusion is similar to traditional open spine surgery in that its purpose is to relieve nerve compression and stabilize the spine. However, the surgical approach that minimally invasive procedures take is far less invasive than open spine operations. Minimally invasive decompression and spine stabilization is performed on an outpatient basis, which means no hospitalization is typically required. Small incisions are used instead of large incisions and muscles are gently pushed apart — not disrupted. Small surgical tools are used to remove cause of the nerve compression, realign displaced vertebrae and insert hardware and bone graft material to permanently fuse the affected area.

The lack of muscle disruption is a particularly important part of minimally invasive surgeries. Not only does keeping the muscles intact allow patients to feel less postoperative pain, but it also maintains the support system that the spine requires. As a result, recovery from minimally invasive back surgery and fusion is often faster and less difficult than the recovery associated with traditional open spine surgery.

Laser Spine Institute

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and we offer a number of effective procedures — including minimally invasive stabilization (fusion) for the lower back — that can address spinal nerve compression and certain cases of spinal misalignment. To date, we have helped more than 75,000 patients get relief from their neck and back pain, and we have a 96 patient satisfaction score^.

If you have been recommended for lower back surgery with open spinal fusion, contact Laser Spine Institute today to find out if you’re a candidate for one of our procedures.