Choosing a spine surgery center that is right for you
Deciding to undergo spine surgery can be overwhelming and a little frightening. Patients who have exhausted conservative treatments but are still dealing with debilitating pain from a spine condition are often concerned about the highly invasive nature of traditional open spine surgery. With these procedures, surgeons must use a large incision that disrupts the muscles surrounding the spine. This means overnight hospitalization, risk of complications like infection and failed back surgery syndrome as well as a long recovery period.
If you have been recommended for surgery, it is important to thoroughly research the options available to you. Developments in spine surgery now allow surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures in an outpatient spine surgery center. These procedures, including the minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute, offer many advantages to patients including less risk of complication and a shorter recovery period.^
Benefits of outpatient spine surgery centers
There are two main options for spine surgery centers: a hospital and an outpatient surgery center. Patients who undergo traditional open back surgery typically require hospitalization of one or more nights to heal from the large incision and blood loss involved with this type of procedure. This also typically results in increased costs and a high risk of infection, which is as high as 19 percent for hospital-based spine surgery providers.
Alternatively, minimally invasive spine surgery can be performed in ambulatory surgery centers on an outpatient basis. Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and we have state-of-the-art outpatient centers across the United States. Our surgeons use muscle-sparing techniques that allow for a less than 1-inch incision. The result is less risk of complication, including a 0.49 percent infection rate, and no lengthy recovery. ^
How to choose the best spine surgery center
Make sure you research your options and ask appropriate questions before choosing the location of your spine surgery. Any question is a good question and the following can give you a better understanding of how surgery is performed:
- What surgical equipment do you use to treat your patients?
- What is your newest piece of equipment?
- How often is your medical equipment serviced or replaced?
- May I have a tour of the facility?
- Can I see the equipment that would be used during my surgery?
Laser Spine Institute
If you are considering surgery after exhausting conservative treatment options, reach out to the caring and dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute today. Our team can help you learn more about minimally invasive spine surgery and our outpatient spine surgery centers. We also offer a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to help you determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.