Are you a candidate for an L3-L4 fusion to treat a degenerative spine condition?
A degenerative spine condition in the lumbar spine can be extremely painful, sometimes causing you to miss out on the activities in life you used to enjoy.
When a nerve is pinched between the L3 and L4 vertebrae in the lower back, the pain, numbness and tingling from the nerve compression can travel from the lower back, into the buttocks and all the way down the leg and foot. While this pain can sometimes be treated with nonsurgical treatment, some lumbar conditions may require surgery to find lasting pain relief.
If you’re suffering from chronic pain in your lower back, buttocks and/or legs, contact Laser Spine Institute and see if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery that has helped more than 60,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain.
Qualifications for minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute
Before undergoing spine surgery, you should exhaust all forms of nonsurgical treatment, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, pain medication, physical therapy, low-impact exercise, and epidural and/or facet joint injections. These treatments often take several months before any lasting pain relief is felt.
It is important that patients have tried all forms of conservative treatment before turning to surgery because many patients will find relief without needing spine surgery. However, if you’ve gone through conservative treatments for several months and you are still suffering from chronic pain, you should talk to your doctor about the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.
Purpose of minimally invasive spinal fusion at the L3-L4 vertebrae
A minimally invasive spinal fusion, or stabilization procedure, at the L3-L4 vertebrae aims to do two things: 1) bring stability and support back to the lumbar spine and 2) remove the small part of the spine that is pressing against a nerve and causing your pain.
The surgery begins with a small incision in the back (or side, if you are undergoing lateral lumbar interbody fusion). This incision allows the surgeons to reach the spine without having to cut through the large muscles that are next to the spine. In comparison, traditional open back fusion requires these large muscles to be cut and temporarily detached, leaving patients at a higher risk of infection, excessive blood loss and complications.
Once the spine is reached, the surgeon will remove the damaged disc or joint that is pressing against the nerve. An artificial disc and/or bone graft will be inserted into the empty space to stabilize the spine.
Find out if you’re a candidate
To find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today and request a review of your MRI or CT scan. We can help you learn about the treatment options available to you so you can make an informed decision about your spine care needs.