What is spinal fusion surgery and is there an alternative?

Your spine is made up of a complex series of muscles, vertebrae, ligaments and discs. These components can deteriorate over time, leading to a degenerative spine condition. Many patients with degenerative spine conditions, including herniated discs, spinal arthritis and spondylolisthesis, find relief from nonsurgical treatments like medication and physical therapy. If nonsurgical treatments fail to offer pain relief after several months, a patient might consider surgery, including spinal fusion.

Spinal fusion procedure

Spinal fusion surgery involves the removal of deteriorated spinal components to decompress a spinal nerve, nerve root or the spinal cord. Spinal fusion surgery is designed to stabilize the spine by fusing a vertebral segment. Because it is highly invasive, spinal fusion surgery is usually a treatment of last resort for patients with degenerative spine conditions.

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand that the idea of a traditional open back surgery like spinal fusion is an important and difficult one to make. A traditional open back fusion may require a lengthy stay in the hospital and the surgery itself is very invasive. Recovery time after a spinal fusion may be as long as six months to a year. For those reasons, we offer an alternative to traditional open back fusion.

Minimally invasive stabilization for pain relief

At Laser Spine Institute, we specialize in a range of minimally invasive stabilization procedures. These treatment options are an alternative to traditional open neck and back surgeries, including spinal fusion. Some of the many benefits you may experience when choosing minimally invasive stabilization over spinal fusion include the following:

  • Outpatient procedure
  • Small incision
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Muscles are moved aside, instead of cut and torn

During minimally invasive stabilization, damaged spinal material is removed and implants are inserted to help stabilize the spine.

Reach out to a member of our team today to learn more about your options for relief for a degenerative spine condition. Our minimally invasive procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients since 2005. Offering the highest level of patient care and comfort, our board-certified surgeons+ have decades of combined experience in using advanced techniques to treat a wide range of degenerative spine conditions.

We can help you find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures by performing a free MRI or CT scan review.*