People who have exhausted conservative treatment may face the option of a traditional fusion as an answer to chronic pain caused by a spine condition. The purpose of a fusion is to permanently fuse two or more vertebra together in a way to prevent movement that causes increased pain. Similar to many other surgeries, there are multiple approaches to spinal fusions. The anterior/posterior fusion involves the surgeon fusing both the front and the back of a vertebral fusion to provide greater stability to one area of the spine.
Overview of anterior/posterior fusion procedure
By combining an anterior (front) approach to the vertebrae to be fused with a posterior (rear) approach, the surgeon is able to provide a high level of stability and support to the area of the spine requiring treatment. To stabilize the region, the surgeon will insert bone graft material to fuse together adjacent vertebrae.
Risks and considerations
While an anterior/posterior fusion may be the most recommended surgery for some patients, there are factors worth considering with this type of procedure. This fusion requires incisions in both the front and back of the patient’s midsection. These incisions are typically long and result in considerable disruption to the surrounding tissue. Extensive surgeries, such as the anterior/posterior fusion, also expose patients to more risks, including increased risk of infection and increased risk of complication.
As with most traditional open back surgeries, the anterior/posterior fusion also is accompanied by a hospital stay and months of potentially difficult postoperative recovery.
Minimally invasive alternatives
Traditional open fusion procedures have been known for highly invasive techniques and lengthy recovery times. However, Laser Spine Institute provides minimally invasive stabilization surgery that is an alternative to traditional open procedures like a traditional open anterior/posterior fusion. By using muscle-sparing techniques, our surgeons are able to access the spine with a smaller incision, resulting in an outpatient experience and a shorter recovery period.^
Contact Laser Spine Institute today to speak with a member of our caring team. We can help you receive a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.