You’re here because you want to educate yourself before deciding on a treatment path for your back.
You’ve heard a lot about laser spine surgery and it sounds safe and effective.
But you want a little more assurance than that. You actually want to understand the benefits and risks.
Laser spine surgery can be safe and effective but only in very limited cases.
There are many procedures that laser spine surgery can’t be used for.
Benefits of Laser Spine Surgery
If you have a small issue with your back, laser spine surgery can help. For example, it is often used to shrink damaged intervertebral discs.
However, the severity of the damage needs to be considered first.
Laser spine surgery can’t help with major spinal conditions like large disc herniations or situations where a nerve is severely pinched – if someone tells you it can, make sure to get a second opinion.
Risks of Laser Spine Surgery
The decision to undergo laser spine surgery should not be taken lightly. There are several risks.
What is laser spine surgery anyway?
Laser spine surgery is minimally invasive back surgery using a laser to burn tissue rather that standard tools which cut tissue.
Well, a laser must be more accurate, right? Not always. Traditional instruments have a few advantages over lasers:
- They can navigate angles and corners – lasers are straight.
- They don’t produce heat – the heat produced by lasers can damage nearby nerves.
- They have a fixed length – lasers can damage anatomical structures below the necessary depth if held in one area for too long.
So Should You Get Laser Spine Surgery or Not?
It depends. Definitely don’t get laser spine surgery before being examined by an unbiased professional (someone that doesn’t work at a center only performing laser spine surgery).
There is a time for laser spine surgery. It can help alleviate pain caused by minor conditions. But, it should never be used for major conditions – the risks are too great. Pay me a visit and I’ll be able to tell you if you’re a good candidate for laser spine surgery.
I am open-minded and believe in a holistic approach to spine health.
That means I will consider all options when diagnosing your condition. By seeing me first, you have the advantage of understanding the benefits and risks of all your options before you make a decision.
If laser spine surgery is best for you, I can refer you to some of my partners that are trained professionals in the procedure. If it’s not best for you, I’ll make sure you understand why and we can discuss the best treatment plan for you.