Different neck and back surgeries require different incisions

When researching spine surgery, most patients experience some concern about the actual incision that will be made in the neck or back to perform the surgery. The length and location of the incision is determined by the type of spine condition and the location of the spine condition. Regardless, facing a large, six- to 10-inch incision in the back for traditional open back surgery is a potentially scary thought.

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand the concern you have about your spine surgery incision. A larger incision leaves more room for infection, complications and prolonged recovery time. We offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^ Our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through a small, one-inch incision using techniques and tools that have helped us to become the nation’s leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.^

Traditional open back surgery

Traditional open back surgery is often a very invasive procedure, starting with a large incision cut down the back. The incision is usually six to 10 inches in length and cuts through the muscles and soft tissue surrounding the spine.

The muscles surrounding the spine help to support the spine by sharing the weight of the body. If the muscles are cut, they can no longer support the body’s weight until the muscles rebuild and heal. During that time, the spine is solely supporting the majority of the body’s weight, which causes compression of the vertebrae and discs in the spine. This can lead to complications and failed surgeries because compressing the vertebrae of the spine is counterintuitive to having an effective postoperative recovery.

During our minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute, the surgeon begins with a small, one-inch incision in the neck or back. The muscles and soft tissues around the spine are spared, gently being pushed aside so the surgeon can access the spine. This technique allows our patients to experience no lengthy recovery.^

We offer minimally invasive decompression surgery for milder spine conditions and minimally invasive stabilization surgery for more progressive spine conditions. All surgeries place in one of our world-class outpatient surgery centers across the country.

If you would like to learn more about the advantages of our minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute, please contact our team. We can provide you with a free MRI review* to help determine whether you’re a candidate for our outpatient procedures.