Why laser back treatment versus open spine surgery?

Traditional open back procedures have dominated the field of spine surgery for years. However, the scientific knowledge base continues to grow and due to recent advances in medicine and new technologies, today’s patients have an effective alternative for addressing degenerative spine conditions in the form of minimally invasive spine surgery.

Laser Spine Institute is at the forefront of spine medicine, having become the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Our ability to treat numerous common spinal conditions — such as herniated discs, foraminal stenosis, facet disease and more — without the increased risk, scarring, recovery time§ and chance of failure accompanying traditional open spine surgery has made our procedures the clinically appropriate surgical first choice in comparison.

The facts about open spine surgery

The facts are simple:

  • Traditional open spine surgery is risky, as is the case with any surgery.
  • Traditional open spine surgery creates larger scars. 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 allows you to heal much more quickly.§
  • Traditional open spine surgery does not always work. Many open spine surgery patients experience little or no long-term relief from their symptoms. Additionally, there is an increased chance that more surgery will be needed.

Tens of thousands of procedures performed

The results speak for themselves. At Laser Spine Institute, we have a 97 percent patient satisfaction rate and 98 percent of our patients would refer Laser Spine Institute to a friend, family member or co-worker. 86 percent of our minimally invasive decompression patients return to work within three months of surgery and 91 percent return to daily activities in three months. To date, we have helped more than 60,000 patients find meaningful relief from their neck and back pain with our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures..

If your physician has recommended spine surgery, consider Laser Spine Institute before resigning to traditional open spine surgery. For more information about Laser Spine Institute’s state-of-the-art spine procedures, or to receive a review of your most recent MRI report or CT scan results, contact Laser Spine Institute today.