How effective is laser back surgery?
If you have been advised to consider spine surgery, during the course of your preliminary research you may have come across the term “laser back surgery.” It is important to understand that this term does not encompass all of minimally invasive spine surgery. Although lasers are used as a heat source for several procedures performed at outpatient spine surgery centers, not every procedure performed requires lasers. Lasers are just one of many tools used in a minimally invasive procedure.
The laser is generally used to ablate, or vaporize, tissue on a high setting. On a low setting, the laser can be used to shrink tissue. To better understand how effective laser back surgery is, having a better understanding of this term and how it relates to minimally invasive spine surgery can be helpful.
How minimally invasive spine surgery can be effective
Factors that determine whether a minimally invasive outpatient procedure will be effective include:
- The overall health of the patient
- The severity of the underlying cause of the neck or back pain
- How closely and carefully a patient follows postsurgical instructions
Perhaps the most important consideration when it comes to finding relief from the chronic symptoms that are associated with spinal nerve compression is choosing the right surgeon and surgery center. This requires thorough research on the part of the patient, who must determine if a surgeon has the experience and historical surgical outcomes required, and if a facility is appointed with the most up-to-date equipment and staffed by experienced, attentive personnel.
Exceptional care at Laser Spine Institute
Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Since 2005, we have helped thousands of patients find relief from neck or back pain. We’re proud to have a patient satisfaction score of 98, and 98 out of 100 of our patients would refer Laser Spine Institute to a friend, family member, or co-worker.^ For patients dealing with pain related to conditions like spinal arthritis, one of our procedures is a facet thermal ablation, which uses a laser to deaden sensory medial nerves that can be irritated by an inflamed facet joint. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, typically in conjunction with one of our spinal decompression procedures that require a less than 1-inch incision.
Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more about our minimally invasive outpatient procedures designed to relieve neck or back pain and associated symptoms.
We can provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.