Cervical spine fusion alternatives — minimally invasive stabilization surgery

Cervical spinal fusion is a treatment option to help relieve the pain caused by a compressed nerve in the upper section 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 an affected nerve by removing a damaged spinal disc and inserting material to stabilize the spine. This type of procedure can be performed as a traditional open spine procedure and as a minimally invasive stabilization surgery that uses muscle-sparing techniques.

Traditional open neck cervical fusion

Traditional open neck cervical fusion is performed through a large incision in the neck, cutting through surrounding muscle and tissue. Once the spine is accessed, the surgeon will remove the disc and replace it with a bone graft to stabilize the spine. You are then required to stay in the hospital for one or more nights to recover and be monitored for complications.

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 combined with the hospital setting mean a 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 is an alternative to traditional cervical fusion

At Laser Spine Institute we provide a safer and effective alternative to traditional cervical fusion. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery helps relieve the pain associated with a pinched or compressed nerve along the cervical spine by decompressing the nerve and stabilizing the surrounding vertebrae.

Our minimally invasive posterior cervical fusion is one of our minimally invasive stabilization procedures. The entire procedure is performed through a small incision in the neck. The surrounding muscles and tissues are moved to the side, instead of cut, allowing for an outpatient procedure. This means less risk of complication and a shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional cervical fusion. If you are interested in learning more about the advantages of Laser Spine Institute and our minimally invasive stabilization surgeries, please reach out to our caring team today.

We can help you receive a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.