Spinal fusion treatment for degenerative spine conditions
If you are being recommended for a spinal fusion surgery to treat a degenerative spine condition, you should evaluate all of your options before consenting to an operation. First, consult with multiple physicians to make sure you’ve been properly diagnosed and that surgical treatment is the best course of action. It is also important to learn as much as you can about the full range of surgical options available, including state-of-the-art minimally invasive spine surgery. These procedures can be an alternative to a traditional open back fusion and offer patients many benefits, including the ability to be performed on an outpatient basis.
Traditional open spine surgery
When your physician recommended surgical treatment for a degenerative spine condition, he or she might have recommended a traditional open spine surgery. This type of operation can require two to five days of hospitalization and might leave you with visible scarring on your neck or back. To gain access to your spine, the surgeon will make a large incision which requires significant disruption of supporting muscles. The surgeon then removes the affected spinal disc and replaces it with hardware and bone grafts to fuse the surrounding vertebrae together, stabilizing the area. Recovery from traditional spinal fusion treatment can be lengthy and intense, and anywhere from 9 to 19 percent of patients face post-surgical complications.
Minimally invasive stabilization from Laser Spine Institute
Laser Spine Institute offers an alternative to traditional open spine fusion procedures with minimally invasive stabilization surgery. These procedures have the same goal as a fusion — removal of the damaged disc and stabilization of the space between the surrounding vertebrae — but our board-certified+ surgeons are able to do this through a smaller incision. This approach leads to many benefits for our patients, including:
- Our procedures are performed in an outpatient setting
- A faster recovery^
- Less risk of complications like infection, scarring and failed back surgery syndrome
Contact Laser Spine Institute
To find out if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive alternative to traditional spinal fusion treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute.
We can offer a no-cost MRI review* to see if you’re a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.