Corpectomy is one of the most invasive spine procedures, reserved for patients with severe chronic pain. Many people who suffer from neck or back pain find relief through conservative treatments like stretching, physical therapy and medication. However, candidates for corpectomy are among those whose symptoms persist for months or years and are forced to consider surgical procedures. The procedure is purposed to release the pressure placed on the spine, resulting in the alleviation of neck or back pain. The surgery is performed with the goal of increasing stability, but often results in decreased mobility.

Corpectomy procedure

During a corpectomy, a surgeon removes the vertebral bodies and surrounding discs in order to release the pressure being placed on the spinal cord and spinal nerves. To occupy the space and provide stability to the spine, the surgeon will use a structural bone graft to increase the success of fusion among the internal properties. After the procedure is completed, patients must undergo a two- to four-day hospital stay, accompanied by months of physical therapy and recovery. The result can be severe or worsened back pain, vertebral collapse, postsurgical mobility limitations, neurological damage, abnormalities in the spinal curve, and increased instability.

Minimally invasive option

Surgery is a last resort for patients; many patients receive relief through conservative treatments. However, if conservative treatments are not helping you and you have determined that surgery is the best option, it is beneficial to receive multiple opinions. Educating yourself about your options is critical when it comes to addressing spinal conditions.

Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive alternatives to corpectomy and other traditional fusions. Patients who require stabilization of the spine benefit from a minimally invasive approach to fusion called minimally invasive stabilization surgery. Laser Spine Institute specializes in a variety of MIS procedures. These outpatient procedures are performed through a small incision, sparing the muscles surrounding the spine from being cut or torn. The surgeon removes the damaged disc in the spine and inserts an implant and bone to provide immediate stability and relief from pain. This allows the disc space to fuse. Additional implants may be necessary to further stabilize the spine.

Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive outpatient procedures have a shortened recovery time*, which is one of several reasons for our 96 satisfaction rate — plus 97 out of 100 of our patients would refer Laser Spine Institute to a friend, family member, or co-worker.

Contact Laser Spine Institute today for an MRI review to find out if you are candidate for our minimally invasive spine procedures.