Minimally invasive laser spine surgery versus traditional procedures

Traditional open back procedures have been the norm in the field of spine surgery for years. However, due to advances in surgical technique and the development of new technologies, patients now have an effective alternative for addressing degenerative spine conditions in the form of minimally invasive spine surgery. Although this type of surgery is sometimes called laser spine surgery, minimally invasive procedures do not always involve the use of a laser.

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in this exciting field and we’ve helped thousands of patients since 2005. By using muscle-sparing techniques, we can treat many spinal conditions, including herniated discs, foraminal stenosis and facet disease, on an outpatient basis and with less risk of complication compared to traditional open spine surgery.^ One of our procedures, the facet thermal ablation, is typically performed in conjunction with a minimally invasive decompression and uses a laser to carefully remove painful nerve endings in spinal joints.

The facts about traditional open spine surgery

Having a better understanding of the steps involved with traditional open spine surgery can help you make a more informed treatment decision. Here are some of the risks and difficulties that are often involved with these types of procedures:

  • Traditional open spine surgery often leaves large scars due to the large incision required. In a minimally invasive spine procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision and avoid creating scar tissue; traditional surgery requires an incision of several inches, which means a larger scar.
  • Traditional open spine surgery requires a longer recovery time. Because it is more invasive and involves cutting and stitching of muscle, traditional open spine surgery will result in a hospital stay and a longer period of recuperation. A minimally invasive procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and requires no lengthy recovery.^
  • Traditional open spine surgery has a relatively high risk of complications, such as failed back surgery syndrome and infection, due to the muscle disruption and the hospital-based setting.^

Learn more about Laser Spine Institute

At Laser Spine Institute, we have a patient satisfaction score of 96^ and patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^ 81 percent of our minimally invasive decompression patients return to work within three months of surgery, and 88 percent return to daily activities in three months.^ To date, we have helped thousands of patients find relief from their neck and back pain with our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures.

If your doctor has recommended spine surgery, consider Laser Spine Institute before consenting to undergo a traditional open spine procedure. For more information about Laser Spine Institute’s state-of-the-art spine procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today.

We’re happy to provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.