Back and spine surgery specialists serving the Los Angeles, California area
With a conveniently located regional surgery center in Scottsdale, Ariz., Laser Spine Institute is proud to offer the people of Los Angeles, California., an alternative to continuing to live with neck and back pain. Traditionally, spine surgery has been viewed as an elective procedure that has been reserved for patients who had exhausted all other treatment options but continued to live with debilitating pain. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer something different. Our minimally invasive spine procedures treat many of the most common causes of neck and back pain without the hospitalization, rehabilitation and uncertainty that most people associate with traditional open spine surgery.
The physicians and surgeons at Laser Spine Institute are at the forefront of minimally invasive spine surgery and can treat a variety of degenerative spine conditions, such as:
- Disc protrusion
- Bulging discs and herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Bone spurs
- Facet disease
As people age, the spine naturally begins to deteriorate. However, back surgery only becomes an option when the deterioration leads to nerve compression in the spinal column. For example, a herniated intervertebral disc can extrude into the spinal canal and be completely asymptomatic unless it comes into contact with a nerve and interrupts regular function. In this case, the goal of spine surgery is to partially or fully remove the herniated disc to decompress the nerve and alleviate the pain. Conversely, during traditional open spine surgery a back surgeon typically removes the entire disc and fuses the adjacent vertebrae together to stabilize the spine. As a result, some measure of spinal flexibility is permanently lost and extensive rehabilitation is required to return to normalcy. At Laser Spine Institute, our spine surgeons may remove only the part of the disc that causes pain, leaving the disc intact.
Obviously the decision to undergo spine surgery, whether minimally invasive or otherwise, can be difficult. Any spine surgeon will tell you that a surgical procedure should only be considered if your pain has persisted despite all other non-invasive treatments. If you are in Los Angeles, California, and are considering your various treatment options, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the advantages of our procedures and to request a review of your MRI or CT scan.