Treatment options for degenerative spine conditions

Many people with degenerative spine conditions are able to manage their pain and discomfort with nonsurgical treatments like medication and physical therapy. Spinal fusion surgery is usually only recommended for those whose symptoms persist for three to six months after trying other conservative therapies.

If you are living with chronic and debilitating pain caused by a degenerative spine condition, and you are unable to find pain relief through nonsurgical methods of treatment, it may be time for you to consider spinal fusion surgery. We understand that spinal fusion surgery is often the last treatment option patients want to consider, as it comes with risks and is highly invasive.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive stabilization surgery — a surgical alternative to traditional spinal fusion surgery. This technique offers you a chance for relief from neck and back pain with less risk and a shorter recovery time^ than traditional open back fusion. Find out if you are a candidate for minimally invasive stabilization in the following article.

Traditional spinal fusion surgery

You may be facing a decision of whether it would be beneficial to undergo traditional spinal fusion surgery, which involves a large incision where your surgeon can access your spine. This large incision can disrupt the muscles in your body. During a traditional spinal fusion, your surgeon typically removes the affected disc between the vertebrae and replaces it with an intervertebral cage. This cage is attached to the two surrounding vertebrae with implants and bone graft material.

When surgery is complete, your surgeon will close the incision with several stitches. These stitches can leave large scars on your neck or back. Following traditional spinal fusion surgery, you will be in the hospital for a number of days to be monitored for infection and excessive blood loss, as well as ensuring that the fusion is not rejected by your body.

Minimally invasive stabilization procedure

Here at Laser Spine Institute, we can help you make an informed decision about surgery. Minimally invasive stabilization offers a number of advantages as an alternative to traditional spinal fusion surgery. Some of the benefits of our outpatient procedures include the following:

  • State-of-the-art facilities that are built around patient-centered care
  • Muscle-sparing techniques used to separate the neck and back muscles
  • Patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100 and a satisfaction score of 96^

During the minimally invasive stabilization procedure, the affected disc is removed using a small incision and replaced with an artificial disc to stabilize the spine. Depending on the severity of the condition, the surgeon may insert small implants that are fused to the surrounding vertebra in order to help increase stability in the spine. Eighty-three percent of patients who have minimally invasive stabilization surgeries at Laser Spine Institute are able to return to daily activities within just three months after surgery.^

Minimally invasive stabilization at Laser Spine Institute

If you are experiencing chronic pain for a degenerative spine condition and have explored all your other treatment options, minimally invasive stabilization at Laser Spine Institute may be a good alternative to spinal fusion surgery. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and confident with your spine care treatment plan. For more information, contact our dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute and ask for your no-cost MRI review.*