Minimally invasive fusion — spinal surgery with shorter recovery times§ and less risk

Patients facing a decision about spinal fusion may be overwhelmed and nervous about the risks and extended recovery times that are associated with traditional open back fusion. Not only is traditional open back fusion a highly invasive surgery, but because of its highly invasive nature, patients are required to stay several days in the hospital after the surgery for monitored recovery. This can cause concerns for patients because staying extra days in the hospital is an added expense that could be avoided with other surgery options.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back fusion. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is used to treat several types of degenerative spine conditions and the symptoms associated with each condition. Because of its minimally invasive nature, our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in one of our seven world-class surgery centers around the country. We believe that healthcare should be centered around the patient. That means that you will receive the best care possible in a compassionate and relaxing environment.

Minimally invasive stabilization overview

Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery begins with the surgeon making a small incision in the back. The incision is only about an inch in length. Through this small incision, the surgeon will use advanced medical techniques to access the spine without affecting the surrounding muscles and soft tissue. Once the spine is accessed, the surgeon will remove the diseased component of the spine, usually a disc, and replace it with an implant to immediately stabilize the spine.

The recovery time for our procedures is 12 weeks, with many patients returning to work within two weeks after surgery. Patients are allowed to return home after the nurse releases them from the recovery room on the same day the surgery was performed. We require our patients to start the first 24-48 hours of their recovery period under the care of their Care Partner.

Advantages of Laser Spine Institute

Our minimally invasive surgery offers many advantages over traditional open back surgery. Every year, more patients come to us for minimally invasive spine surgery than any other surgery center in the world.

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

  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Patient satisfaction score of 96^
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • Less than 1-inch incision
  • Outpatient procedure
  • 97 out of 100 patient recommendation rate^

For more information about the minimally invasive procedures we offer, or to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons, please contact our Care Team.