Understanding minimally invasive back surgery

As you consider the minimally invasive back surgery offered at Laser Spine Institute, it is important to understand what to expect throughout your patient experience.

From start to finish, we want you to be aware of what is happening and what you can expect so you can feel confident about your spine care every step of the way. If you have any additional questions about your patient experience with Laser Spine Institute, contact our Care Team to help guide you through what to expect during your time with us.

Leading up to treatment

One of the most important things to understand about neck or back pain is that surgery is almost always considered the treatment of last resort.

Many of the degenerative spine conditions that cause pinched nerves and the chronic neck or back pain you are experiencing can be effectively treated with a series of doctor-recommended conservative treatments. These conservative treatments can include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Weight loss and exercise
  • Pain medication

When surgery may be warranted

In the event that conservative treatments do not provide you with lasting pain relief, your physician may recommend that you consider spine surgery.

At Laser Spine Institute, we specialize in minimally invasive back surgery, which uses state-of-the-art technology to address a number of degenerative spine conditions, such as:

  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Facet disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal stenosis

The advantages to our procedures

There are several advantages offered by the minimally invasive back surgery at Laser Spine Institute compared to traditional open back surgery.

One of the main advantages is that our minimally invasive spine surgery requires a shorter recovery time^ than traditional open back surgery. This is because traditional open back surgery accesses the spine with a large incision, usually cutting through and detaching the large muscles that help support the spine. When the surgery is over, the muscles near the spine must heal in order to help the spine support the body’s weight.

We offer two types of minimally invasive spine surgery — a decompression and a stabilization. While our minimally invasive decompression surgery is the most common recommendation to treat patients with chronic back pain, a stabilization surgery is sometimes recommended when the spine needs additional support.

With the minimally invasive procedures that we offer at Laser Spine Institute, a small incision is made and muscle tissue is instead pushed aside, which reduces recovery time.^ Additionally, the risk for infection, excessive scar tissue and other postoperative complications common with traditional open back surgery are significantly reduced. Because we take a minimally invasive approach to the spine, our procedures are performed in an outpatient surgery center instead of a hospital, which allows our patients to avoid several nights of hospitalization after the surgery.

To find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today and ask for a review of your MRI report or CT scan.