Corpectomy overview

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 pain medication. However, candidates for corpectomy are among those whose symptoms persist for several weeks or months and are forced to consider surgical procedures.

The purpose of this procedure is 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.

Surgery is a last resort for patients, as 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 through the following article is critical when it comes to addressing spinal conditions.

Corpectomy procedure

During a traditional open spine 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 five-day hospital stay, accompanied by months of physical therapy and recovery. The result can be severe or worsen back pain, as well as cause a vertebral collapse, postsurgical mobility limitations, neurological damage, abnormalities in the spinal curve and increased instability.

Minimally invasive option

Laser Spine Institute offers a safer and effective alternative to a corpectomy and other traditional fusions.^ Patients who require stabilization of the spine benefit from a minimally invasive approach to fusion called minimally invasive stabilization. To learn about the variety of stabilization procedures we offer for chronic neck or back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today.

Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is performed through a small incision, sparing the muscles surrounding the spine from being cut or torn. During this procedure, one of our board-certified surgeons+ 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 patient satisfaction score of 98^ and our recommendation score of 98 out of 100.^ Reach out to Laser Spine Institute today for a free MRI review* to find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive alternative to a corpectomy.