Minimally Invasive Cervical Fusion

What is Minimally Invasive Cervical Fusion?

A minimally invasive cervical fusion procedure is the permanent fusion of the lower three cervical vertebrae (vertebrae in the neck). During this procedure, the intervertebral discs at C5-C6 and C6-C7 will be removed. In their places, bone grafts are inserted and secured in place. Over time, a solid segment of bone will form between these segments in the lower portion of the cervical spine.

 

Reasons for the procedure

If you have been suffering from chronic neck pain and you have tried several types of non-surgical treatment options, as recommended by your doctor, but these have not worked; as you consider your surgical options, we invite you to consider minimally invasive cervical spine surgery.

Minimally invasive cervical spine surgery is a procedure that treats spinal conditions in the neck and upper back. It requires only a small incision for targeted access to the spine and does not require bulky hardware or muscle disruption.

Some of the most common conditions that would lead considering this procedure include herniated discs, collapsed discs and bone spurs, or a degenerative spine condition or injury that is causing compression of the cervical spinal nerve roots or the spinal cord.

 

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Cervical Fusion

Our minimally invasive cervical fusion procedure is a safer and more effective alternative to traditional open neck surgery. Our minimally invasive procedures are performed through a small incision in the neck or back, about 1-inch in length. Thanks to recent advanced medical technology, our surgeons to access the spine without altering the surrounding muscles and soft tissue. This allows for minimal scarring and shorter recovery time.

Because this minimally invasive surgery is performed through the front of the neck, instead of the back, it offers many benefits including:

  • Access to nearly the entire cervical section of the spine through an uncomplicated pathway that minimizes trauma to surrounding areas
  • Generally less post-operative pain, due to a smaller incision and less movement of associated tissue, muscles and nerves
  • Minimally invasive surgery typically means less blood loss, faster pain relief and shortened post-operative recovery times, so patients can get back to their daily life and work sooner

 

About Us

The first in Texas to perform micro-endoscopic laser spine surgery with an incision as small as 3 mm, Dr. Won advises multiple international spine technology companies and has helped design many groundbreaking tools for the minimally invasive spine surgery industry.

Dr. Won also innovated the Pain Mapping procedures, this diagnostic study helps to pin point the pain generator so that we can provide the least invasive spine procedures, LuMINI.

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