What is a spinal fusion?
A traditional spinal fusion or spine fusion is a procedure generally performed through a large incision in order to gain access to and stabilize the spine. There are a variety of types of spinal fusions, however all require the fusing or stablizing of spinal vertebrae. Generally this is done through the use of hardware.
What alternatives are there to a traditional spine fusion?
Historically the traditional spine fusion requiring a large incision was a patient’s only option when facing necessary spine surgery. However, today there are a number of conservative and minimally invasive alternatives to the traditional procedure.
Before ever undergoing any type of surgery, both traditional or minimally invasive, patients are encouraged to explore their conservative options. At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute we work with each patient to create a specialized treatment plan specific to their needs and lifestyle.
Conservative treatments to explore before spinal fusion surgery may include:
- management procedures
The Minimally Invasive Spine Institute Difference
At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, we are dedicated to offering patients the safest, most effective alternatives to traditional neck and back fusions. Our minimally invasive procedures are innovative, allowing patients to return to their daily activities within days of their procedure.
Advantages of choosing the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute
Unlike other medical facilities, we offer both conservative and surgical treatment solutions. That allows us to strategically treat our patients throughout their entire journey. Before recommending surgery, our skilled medical professionals will craft a conservative treatment plan, ensuring that all possible opportunities for relief are explored.
Our minimally invasive procedures allow us to avoid the complications and disadvantages of traditional open surgeries. These include:
- Smaller incision
- Minimally blood loss
- Outpatient procedures or a shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.