Cervical spine fusion alternatives — minimally invasive stabilization surgery

Cervical spinal fusion is a treatment option to help alleviate the pain caused by a compressed nerve in the neck portion of the spine. If you have been diagnosed with a cervical spine condition and have been recommended to undergo a cervical spine fusion, it is important that you research the different types of cervical fusion available to you so you can make an informed decision about your spinal care.

The purpose of a cervical spine fusion is to decompress the affected nerve by removing the diseased disc found in between two of the vertebrae and inserting an implant in the empty disc space to support the vertebrae and immediately stabilize the spine. While the purpose of the cervical spinal fusion remains the same, the two types of cervical fusion are executed with vast difference.

Traditional Open Neck Cervical Fusion

Traditional open neck cervical fusion is performed through a sizeable incision in the neck, cutting through surrounding muscle and tissue. Once the spine is exposed, the surgeon will remove the diseased disc and replace it with a bone graft to stabilize the spine. You are then required to stay in the hospital for a few days for postsurgical care.

There are several risks involved with undergoing a traditional open neck spinal fusion. Because the muscles are cut and torn, the recovery time following surgery is generally six months to a year. Additionally, the invasiveness of the procedure and the location in the hospital equate to a much higher risk of infection than some surgical alternatives to traditional cervical fusion. Other potential complications include nerve damage and failed back surgery syndrome.

Minimally Invasive Stabilization Surgery Alternative to Traditional Cervical Fusion

At Laser Spine Institute, we sought to provide a surgical alternative to traditional cervical fusion that was effective and less invasive. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery helps alleviate the pain associated with a pinched or compressed nerve along the cervical spine by decompressing the nerve and stabilizing the surrounding vertebrae. The difference between our minimally invasive procedure and traditional cervical fusion is that our surgery is far less invasive and has fewer postoperative risks.

Our minimally invasive cervical fusion is one of our minimally invasive stabilization procedures. The entire procedure is executed through a 1-inch incision in the neck. The surrounding muscles and tissues are moved to the side, instead of cut. This means that you will have minimal scarring and a shorter recovery time^ than those who undergo traditional cervical fusion. Additionally, our minimally invasive cervical fusion is performed in one of our outpatient surgery centers, which means you are discharged into the care of a Care Partner on the same day as your surgery is performed.

If you are interested in learning more about the advantages of Laser Spine Institute and our minimally invasive stabilization surgeries, please call our Spine Care Consultants. Let us help you take the next step to finding treatment for your chronic neck pain.