Finding out if you are a candidate for an L3-L4 fusion to treat a spine condition

A degenerative spine condition in the lumbar (lower) spine can be extremely painful, often causing you to miss the people and activities in life you 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 often 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 and have exhausted conservative treatment options, contact Laser Spine Institute and see if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery that has helped more than 75,000 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 work with your doctor to fully explore the conservative treatment options available to you. Common options include:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Low-impact exercise
  • Spinal injections

These treatments often take several months before lasting pain relief is felt, so it is important to be patient and expect some degree of trial and error. Many patients are able to find relief without needing spine surgery. However, if you’ve gone through conservative treatments for several months and are still suffering from chronic pain, you and your doctor may begin to explore surgical options.

Purpose of minimally invasive spinal fusion at the L3-L4 vertebrae

If you have been recommended to undergo an L3-L4 spinal fusion, the minimally invasive stabilization procedures are a safer and effective alternative.^ A minimally invasive spinal fusion, or stabilization procedure, at the L3-L4 vertebrae can provide the benefits of a traditional open spinal fusion while using muscle-sparing techniques that allow for an outpatient procedure.

Our procedures use a small incision that allows the surgeons to reach the spine with less muscle disruption. In comparison, traditional open back fusion requires the muscles and other tissues around the spine to be cut, leading to a higher risk of infection, excessive blood loss and complications.^

Once the spine is reached, the surgeon will remove the displaced spinal anatomy that is pressing against the nerve and an implant 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 potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today and request a no-cost 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.