Alternatives to traditional open posterior spinal fusion surgery

A traditional 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, providing stability for people 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 spine surgery as an alternative

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. Since 2005 we have helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from neck or back pain, helping to establish us as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. By using advances in medical technology and surgical technique we have developed minimally invasive stabilization surgeries that are an outpatient alternative to traditional open spinal fusions.

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, 0.55 percent, compared to traditional open back surgery, which is up to 16 percent.

The traditional 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 nerves when compared to a traditional open posterior spinal fusion.

Are you a potential candidate for minimally invasive 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 treatment methods. However, if chronic symptoms persist after several months of fully exploring nonsurgical options, a minimally invasive outpatient TLIF may be the right choice.

Call a member of our team today to learn more about TLIF and other treatment options available at Laser Spine Institute. We can provide a free MRI or CT scan review* and determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.