Laser Spine Institute treatment options for facet disease

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer many different treatment options for patients who have been diagnosed with facet disease. The specific treatment recommended will vary depending on the extent of the problem, the location of the facet disease and the specific patient, but all of our treatments have one primary feature in common: at Laser Spine Institute, our procedures are minimally invasive by nature. Unlike traditional open spine facet disease surgery, which is highly invasive and requires hospitalization and lengthy rehabilitation, our techniques are all completed in an outpatient setting.

What is the goal of facet disease treatment?

Facet disease, which is also known as osteoarthritis of the spine, is often seen in individuals who have reached or passed middle age. The trouble with osteoarthritis is that there is no known cure. When the key sign of osteoarthritis has appeared, meaning the cartilage that lines a joint wears away, it cannot be reversed. As a result, treatment for osteoarthritis in any joint, including the facet joints, is focused on symptom management. In most cases, this can be accomplished non-surgically with a regimen of conservative treatments like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and low-impact exercises. If, however, this approach fails to deliver lasting results, surgery might be an option.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer several procedures for patients with facet disease, including:

  • Facet thermal ablation to desensitize local nerve endings in an arthritic joint
  • Minimally invasive stabilization to support a severely deteriorated vertebral region
  • Foraminotomy and laminotomy to open up space in the spinal canal that might be crowded as a result of bone spur formation

The benefits of treatment at Laser Spine Institute

While not every patient is a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery, the ones who are largely report favorably on their experience with Laser Spine Institute. In fact, we have a patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^ This figure comes as no surprise when you consider that our state-of-the-art treatments are outpatient by design, have a minimal risk for postoperative complications and require a far less arduous rehabilitation process^ than traditional open spine surgeries. To learn more, contact us today and request a review of your recent MRI report or CT scan.