Minimally invasive stabilization — find relief from failed L1-L2 fusion

People who face chronic pain in the lower back (lumbar region) often try an array of treatment options to alleviate their pain. These treatment options typically start with conservative treatments, such as chiropractic care, medication, and physical therapy, and then gradually progress into surgical treatment if no pain relief has been found.

Lumbar fusion surgery is often considered the “last resort” form of pain management or treatment for chronic back pain. Traditional open back fusion is very invasive and comes with certain risks. However, for people suffering from debilitating back pain, spinal fusion surgery is the last ray of hope to find relief from the pain.

So, what do you do when your “last resort” treatment fails?

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

About 400,000 people undergo spine surgery in the United States each year. An astonishing 40 percent of those patients experience some form of complications, including the all-encompassing condition known as failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). FBSS is a term that describes the condition when an open back surgery fails to provide pain relief or even causes side effects that are worse than the initial back pain. The unfortunate reality is that almost half of the patients who choose traditional open back surgery experience FBSS.

Keep in mind that not all residual pain or nerve-related numbness experienced after open back surgery is an indication of FBSS. While spinal stabilization and fusion procedures are meant to immediately alleviate the worst of the symptoms, recovery can be arduous. During the recovery period, it is extremely important to report all symptomatic changes to the physical therapist or surgeon in order to make sure that the right post-surgery plan for recovery is in place.

An effective alternative to traditional open back fusion

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer an effective alternative to traditional open back fusion for the L1-L2 vertebrae. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery helps patients find relief from chronic and debilitating back pain. Opposed to the invasive nature of traditional open back fusion, our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is performed through a 1-inch incision. Instead of cutting through the surrounding muscles, our minimally invasive procedure moves aside the muscles to reach the L1-L2 vertebrae. Through the minimal incision, our surgeons remove the damaged disc and insert an implant in the empty disc space to stabilize the L1 and L2 vertebrae.

Since we do not cut through surrounding muscles, the recovery time for our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is much shorter* than the recovery time for traditional open back surgery. You also have less risk of infection because our surgeries are performed in an outpatient surgery center instead of in a hospital. This means that you can leave the same day that your surgery is performed, as opposed to staying several nights in the hospital for postoperative care.

What do you do if you suffer from Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)?

If you have undergone traditional open back surgery and it has not provided any pain relief, or if you have experienced worse pain and symptoms than your original back pain, you might be suffering from FBSS. In order to create an effective treatment plan to help relieve your pain, we encourage you to consult your physician about conservative treatment options and our minimally invasive stabilization surgery. Several of our patients have found pain relief from our minimally invasive stabilization procedures after enduring the consequences of FBSS for years.

To find out if you are a candidate for our spine surgery, please call our Spine Care Consultants and schedule a review of your most recent MRI. Don’t settle for a life of pain. Let us help you reclaim your quality of life with our minimally invasive stabilization surgery.