Minimally invasive stabilization surgery — an alternative to traditional fusion for L2-L3 vertebrae

Chronic lower back pain related to a degenerative spine condition can have a large effect on your life, taking you away from your family, your job and your ability to enjoy your favorite activities. For patients who experience pain in the lumbar (lower) region of the spine caused by conditions such as degenerative disc disease or a herniated disc, surgery may become an option if conservative treatments such as medication or physical therapy have not brought relief after weeks or months.

For severe conditions affecting this particular region of the spine, a traditional open L2-L3 fusion is often recommended, but many patients have concerns about the risks and difficulties involved. As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute wants patients to be aware of the full range of options available for treatment. As an outpatient alternative to traditional procedures, you should consider minimally invasive stabilization surgery to help treat your pain at its source. Learn more about the benefits of this muscle-sparing approach below. You can also contact our caring team with any questions you have about our treatment options.

Minimally invasive stabilization surgery versus traditional L2-L3 fusion

At Laser Spine Institute, we provide minimally invasive stabilization surgery to treat a wide range of spine conditions, including those affecting the L2-L3 vertebrae, which are the two middle vertebrae in the lower back.

During our stabilization procedures, the surgeon makes a small incision in the back, about 1 inch in length. After accessing the spine using muscle-sparing techniques, the surgeon will remove the diseased disc in between the L2-L3 vertebrae and then insert bone graft material in the empty disc space to stabilize the spine.

Unlike during a traditional open back fusion, our minimally invasive stabilization surgery involves far less disruption of the surrounding muscles and tissue to reach the L2-L3 vertebrae. This means you will experience less risk of complication and a shorter recovery time^ because your surrounding muscles will not have to rebuild before you can get back to your normal activities.

Reach out to Laser Spine Institute

Our minimally invasive stabilization procedure is performed in our state-of-the-art surgery centers across the United States. If you are interested in learning more and would like to find out if you are a candidate for one of our procedures, contact our dedicated team and schedule a no-cost review* of your MRI or CT scan.