Alternatives to posterior spinal fusion surgery

A posterior spinal fusion operation permanently joins two or more vertebrae together, using rods, screws, plates or cages. This hardware can keep the vertebrae from moving, effectively helping individuals with severe spine conditions. Following posterior spinal fusion, a lengthy recovery is standard — and the risk of infection is present, since this surgery is performed in a hospital setting.

Minimally invasive surgery alternatives

If you are considering a posterior spinal fusion operation to find relief from back pain and other related symptoms, we invite you to research the options available to you here at Laser Spine Institute. We offer a variety of minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open neck and back surgery. Our surgeons successfully perform more minimally invasive spine surgeries each month than any other spine surgery provider in the world, setting us apart as leaders in the field. We have developed effective minimally invasive stabilization procedures that accomplish the same goals as traditional open spinal fusions with many additional benefits.

The Laser Spine Institute difference

One of our minimally invasive stabilization procedures, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^ During the transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion procedure, a damaged disc is removed and implants are inserted to help stabilize the spine. This procedure helps to offer relief from back pain caused by spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease or a herniated disc.

With a minimally invasive TLIF, you will experience a number of benefits compared to traditional back surgery, including a reduced risk of infection (0.49 percent) compared to traditional open back surgery (up to 19 percent).

The standard open posterior spinal fusion operation is performed in a hospital operating room and requires a large incision that includes cutting muscle tissue, the removal of a substantial amount of spinal anatomy and months or up to a year for recovery. Our TLIF procedure is performed in an outpatient setting, requiring only a small muscle-sparing incision. This technique may also reduce injury and scarring around the nerve roots when compared to an open posterior spinal fusion.

Are you a candidate for TLIF?

Surgery should only be considered as a last resort for those with chronic pain symptoms. In many cases, patients with spine conditions are able to find relief using a combination of conservative, nonsurgical treatment methods. However, if chronic symptoms persist after several months of consistent conservative therapies, a minimally invasive, outpatient TLIF may be the right choice.

Call a member of our Care Team today to learn more about TLIF and other treatment options available at our regional centers. We can review your submitted MRI report or CT scan to assess your situation and determine if we can help you get your life back from chronic neck or back pain.