Laser Spine Institute technologies that treat neck and back pain

Treatment for neck and back pain attributed to spinal problems normally begins with noninvasive therapy. Bed rest, physical therapy, the application of hot or cold compresses and medication to reduce pain and inflammation frequently have positive results if observed diligently and over time will enable many spinal conditions to heal. If your spine problems do not improve or are too severe to be improved by conservative treatments, Laser Spine Institute makes use of minimally invasive technology to provide patients with lasting relief from neck and back pain.

Minimally invasive technology

At Laser Spine Institute, we perform minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures to address your spine problem without the large 6- to 8-inch incision that traditional procedures utilize. All of our surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis and use muscle-sparing technology to allow our patients to avoid hospital-associated costs, long recovery times and the added risk of complication associated with traditional open back surgery.^ Under direct visualization and magnification, the surgeon is able to visualize precisely what is compressing the nerve to remove bone and ligament.

For example, during a minimally invasive decompression procedure, the surgeon uses a series of dilating tubes to access the affected area of the spine. The first tube is inserted in a less than 1-inch incision followed by tubes increasing in size, which are placed over the first tube, one at a time. This slowly creates the opening to the spine, splitting the muscles between their fibers. The last tube is between 14 and 18 millimeters in diameter. Through this working tube, the surgeon inserts surgical instruments.

Minimally invasive procedures

Laser Spine Institute’s procedures treat a wide range of spine conditions. Below are a few of the procedures we offer at our state-of-the-art facilities for candidates of minimally invasive spine surgery:

  • Facet thermal ablation. When the facet joints, which are the points at which vertebrae are connected to one another, begin to wear out (a condition called facet disease), they can cause pain due to increased friction as the cartilage begins to break down. In a facet thermal ablation, the surgeon will use a laser to deaden the nerve that causes pain.
  • Foraminotomy. If a patient has foraminal stenosis, then the pathway through which spinal nerve roots travel (called the foramen) is constricted, putting pressure on the nerve root and causing pain and other symptoms. A foraminotomy relieves this pressure by removing the bone and tissue that has closed up the foramen.
  • Laminotomy. The lamina is a thin bony plate that comprises part of the posterior section of the vertebra. Occasionally, the lamina must be removed to give more space to the nerve root or spinal cord. Sometimes it must also come out to give the surgeon access to the trouble spot beneath it.
  • Discectomy. A discectomy is a procedure used to remove part of a herniated or bulging disc that is compressing a nerve root or the spinal cord. If a herniated disc has not ruptured and leaked fluid into the spinal canal, we will perform a discectomy to remove the herniated portion of the disc.

If your doctor has recommended surgery to address a spine issue, contact Laser Spine Institute to speak to a member of our dedicated team. We can help you learn more about our procedures and tell you how to get a free review of your MRI* to see if our technologies would be effective in easing your chronic neck or back pain.