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Minimally invasive spine surgery vs. traditional open neck and back surgery

If you are suffering from neck and back pain, and have tried conservative (nonsurgical) treatments for several months without relief, you may want to consider neck or back surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer two categories of minimally invasive surgeries: minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization. These procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery.^

Minimally invasive techniques

Minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute offers you a number of benefits that are not available with traditional open neck and back surgery. Our techniques make use of a small incision, unlike traditional open neck and back surgery which requires long, painful incisions. Here is a brief explanation of our primary procedures:

  • Minimally invasive decompression — The surgeon uses a series of dilating tubes to access the impacted area. The first tube of the series is inserted in a less than 1-inch incision followed by tubes increasing in size, which are placed over the first tube, one at a time. This slowly creates the opening to the spine, splitting the muscles between their fibers. The last tube is about 18 millimeters in diameter, and through this working tube, the surgeon inserts surgical instruments. Once everything is in place, the surgeon can remove the bone, ligament or tissue that is compressing the nerve.
  • Minimally invasive stabilization — provides stabilization of the spine and is an alternative to fusion. The surgeon removes the disc 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.

We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about surgery. Below, we have compiled a comparison to assist you in making the best decision possible.

Traditional open neck and back surgery — these procedures are generally very invasive in nature, and often include:

  • A long recovery
  • Two- to five-day hospital stay
  • Large incision
  • Up to 19 percent infection rate
  • Damage caused by unnecessary cutting and tearing of surrounding muscles

Minimally invasive spine surgery — these procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and include:

  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Outpatient procedures
  • Small incision
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Less surgical blood loss
  • Muscle-sparing techniques move muscles aside instead of cutting them
  • 99 percent patient recommendation rate^

Minimally invasive procedures eliminate hospital-associated costs, helping you get back to your daily routine. At Laser Spine Institute, we treat a number of severe spine conditions, including:

Learn more about minimally invasive spine surgery

Contact a member of our Care Team today to get started on your path to pain relief. We can set up a review of your MRI or CT scan and let you know if you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery at our center.