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 in nature. Unlike traditional open spine surgery for facet disease, which is highly invasive and requires hospitalization and lengthy rehabilitation, our procedures are performed 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. Osteoarthritis is a naturally occurring condition with 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 nonsurgically with a course of conservative treatments like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and low-impact exercises. If, however, this approach is unable 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
  • Foraminotomy and laminotomy, which are minimally invasive decompression procedures to open up space in the spine due to narrowing by issues like bone spurs or enlarged ligaments
  • Minimally invasive stabilization to support a severely deteriorated vertebral region

The benefits of treatment at Laser Spine Institute

People who undergo surgery at Laser Spine Institute enjoy the best in patient-centered care. 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 less risk for postoperative complications and require a shorter recovery time^ than traditional open spine surgeries. To learn more, contact us today.

When you speak with a member of our team you can request a free review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.