Advanced orthopedic procedures

Advanced orthopedic procedures can be defined as surgeries using state-of-the-art technology and techniques to repair issues in the musculoskeletal system. The minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute is in this category and has helped thousands of patients find relief from their neck or back pain.

Every surgeon at Laser Spine Institute completes a proprietary fellowship led by Dr. Michael C. Weiss, Chairman, Department of Surgery. This fellowship ensures that every one of our surgeons is an expert in the minimally invasive surgical techniques we perform in our outpatient surgery centers.

Advanced orthopedic procedures for the spine

In the 1970s, procedures using specialized instruments that allowed for smaller incisions to repair knee and shoulder issues became widespread. Laser Spine Institute uses this concept to help those with persistent neck and back pain. Certain neck or back conditions can displace anatomy in the spine and compress a spinal nerve. This can result in symptoms such as localized pain, radiating pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness. Common conditions include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Osteoarthritis

Upon diagnosis, most physicians will prescribe a course of conservative treatment including rest, physical therapy, hot and cold compression therapy as well as more advanced options like epidural steroid injections. Many patients are able to find a level of relief that allows them to return to normal activity by sticking to these nonsurgical treatments.

When surgery becomes an option

If weeks or months of conservative treatment do not bring improvement in symptoms, a physician may recommend surgery. To access the spine and decompress affected nerves, surgeons have traditionally needed to use large incisions which require the cutting of large amounts of muscle and connective tissue. This leads to the overnight hospitalization and long recovery time that can come with traditional procedures.

To learn more about our minimally invasive approach to spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today. If you experience neck or back pain, we offer a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine whether you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures that could help you find meaningful relief from your neck or back pain.