Minimally invasive alternatives to traditional orthopedic surgeries

When conservative treatments have not been able to bring needed relief, patients may be asked to choose among orthopedic surgeries as a way to regain quality of life. Orthopedic surgeries can treat spine conditions like herniated discs and bone spurs at the source — taking pressure off nerves and stabilizing the area if necessary. However, due to the invasive nature of traditional open spine surgery, most doctors will recommend fully exploring conservative treatments first.

If surgery does become an option, the board-certified+ team of surgeons at Laser Spine Institute perform minimally invasive spine surgery as an alternative to traditional procedures. To date, our outpatient spine procedures have helped more than 75,000 people find relief from pain. Our highly skilled orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons use muscle-sparing techniques to address the source of your discomfort. This helps you get to the life you’ve been missing while avoiding many of the downsides of traditional open back surgery.

Minimally invasive procedures from Laser Spine Institute

The goal of orthopedic spine surgeries to treat spine conditions is to decompress nerves that have been constricted by displaced or inflamed spinal anatomy. At Laser Spine Institute the most common type of procedure performed is minimally invasive decompression, which involves a less than 1-inch incision and removal of only the portion of spine material that is affecting nerves. These are four of the decompression procedures we provide:

  • Foraminotomy. The surgeon relieves pressure on nerve roots by widening the foramina, which are narrow canals where the nerves exit the spinal canal.
  • Facet thermal ablation. This procedure involves the use of a laser to deaden the nerves around an arthritic facet joint.
  • Laminotomy. The surgeon creates more room in the spinal column by removing a small part of the arch on the back of a vertebra that helps form the spinal canal.
  • Discectomy. The surgeon removes a displaced piece of a spinal disc that is causing nerve compression.

We also perform minimally invasive stabilization procedures for more severe spine conditions as an alternative to traditional open spine fusion. Like our decompression surgeries, minimally invasive stabilization uses muscle-sparing techniques such as a small incision, and is performed on an outpatient basis. The overall result from our procedures is a shorter recovery time^ and less risk of complication for our patients.

For more information

To learn more about our state-of-the-art facilities and advanced procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our dedicated team can tell you how to receive a no-cost MRI review* to help you determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.