Minimally invasive stabilization — an alternative to traditional C2-C3 fusion

If you suffer from chronic neck pain and have been recommended by a physician for a cervical (upper) spine fusion of the C2-C3 vertebrae, you may want to research the types of cervical fusion available to you before you schedule your surgery.

There are many treatment options available for neck pain, including conservative treatment such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, and medication. However, if you have exhausted the list of conservative treatments and still have found no lasting relief from pain, it might be time to consider a surgical treatment option to help you get back to your active lifestyle.

As you research the treatment options available to you, please feel free to reach out to the caring and dedicated team from Laser Spine Institute with any questions or recommendations about your spine care. Our goal is to help you find the best path for pain relief.

Traditional Open Neck C2-C3 Fusion

Cervical fusion is a treatment option for a compressed nerve caused by a damaged disc in between the C2 and C3 vertebrae. There are two types of cervical fusion surgery available to most people who suffer from pain in the C2-C3 vertebrae: traditional open neck fusion and minimally invasive stabilization. Before you schedule your surgery, make sure you have thoroughly researched both surgical options so you can make an informed decision about your spinal health.

A traditional open neck fusion is performed in a hospital and requires several days of postoperative hospital stay. During the surgery, a large incision is made along the neck and the surrounding muscles are cut in order to access the spine. Once the C2-C3 vertebrae are accessed, the damaged disc is removed and a bone graft is inserted to stabilize the now empty disc space between the vertebrae.

Traditional open neck procedures are inherently more risky and require a much longer recovery period compared to minimally invasive spine surgery. Compared to outpatient minimally invasive fusion procedures, open neck surgery has a greater risk of:

  • Nerve damage
  • Symptom recurrence
  • Longer recovery time
  • Infection

Advantages of minimally invasive stabilization at Laser Spine Institute

At Laser Spine Institute, we wanted to provide patients with an effective alternative to traditional open neck fusion that would lower the risk of complication associated with this type of procedure. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery can treat conditions affecting the cervical spine and are performed as outpatient procedures at our state-of-the-art centers across the country. The entire minimally invasive cervical fusion is performed through a small incision about 1 inch in length, the damaged disc is then removed and an implant is inserted to stabilize the spine.

Advantages of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive surgery:

  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Muscle-sparing techniques
  • A streamlined outpatient experience
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • 98 patient satisfaction score^
  • 0.41 percent infection rate, compared to the national average of up to 19 percent^

If you are interested in learning more about our minimally invasive stabilization procedures as an alternative to C2-C3 fusion, contact us today. We are pleased to offer a no-cost MRI or CT scan review to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.