Alternatives to spinal fusion surgery

Your spine is made up of a complex series of muscles, vertebrae, ligaments and intervertebral discs. These components can deteriorate over time, leading to a degenerative spine condition. Most patients with degenerative spine conditions, including herniated discs, spinal arthritis and spondylolisthesis, find relief from nonsurgical treatments like medication and physical therapy. When 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 an impinged spinal nerve, nerve root or the spinal cord. Spinal fusion surgery can help 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 can be both scary and confusing. 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 variety of minimally invasive stabilization procedures. These treatment options are safer and effective alternatives 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 discs are removed and implants are inserted to help stabilize the spine.

Call a member of our Care 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 expert surgeons have decades of combined experience in using advanced techniques to treat many serious spine conditions.