Back surgery — overview and surgical options to treat back pain

If you suffer from chronic back pain, you’ve probably felt a lot of frustration when conservative treatments have not brought the relief you were hoping for. You may even feel hopeless thinking there is nothing left that can help and that you are going to have to just live with the pain.

At Laser Spine Institute, we have helped more than 75,000 patients who have thought this same thing at one time or another. Our average patient suffered for about eight years with chronic, debilitating pain in the neck or back before seeking our surgical treatment for their spine condition.

Many patients and doctors view spine surgery as a “last resort” option due to the increased risks and possible side effects of traditional open back surgery. Minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer, more effective alternative to traditional open back surgery that many people are not aware of. The skilled surgeons at Laser Spine Institute and the benefits of our minimally invasive procedures and have made us the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.

We encourage you to reach out to our care team with any questions you have so you can make the best decision for your spine care needs. Our goal is to empower you with knowledge about your spine condition so you can decide on a treatment option that is best for your needs and lifestyle.

Traditional back surgery vs minimally invasive spine surgery

For a long time, spine surgery meant large incisions that opened up the back to give the surgeon access to the problem area. However, traditional open back surgery comes with an increased amount of risk, greater hospital expenses and extended lengthy recovery time. During a traditional open back procedure, the surgeon has to make a very large incision in the back. The muscles next to the spine are torn and severed, causing an extended recovery time needed for the muscles to rebuild and strengthen.

With our minimally invasive spine surgery, we only need a small, less than 1-inch incision in the neck or back. The surrounding muscles and tissue are moved aside, undisturbed, so the surgeon can access the spine. This means a shorter recovery time§ than patients who undergo traditional open back surgery. Additionally, all of our surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures, avoiding the extra expense of a lengthy hospital stay.

Laser Spine Institute is committed to patient-centered care. That is why we have a patient satisfaction rate of 96 and a patient recommendation rate of 97 out of 100. We constantly strive to offer the best care in the best setting for our patients.

These are some of the minimally invasive spine surgeries we offer:

Minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery

Our procedures can be divided into two categories: minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery.

Minimally invasive decompression surgery is used in cases where spinal damage is less severe. During this procedure, the surgeon will remove the portion of the disc or vertebra that is impacting the nerve in the spinal canal.

There are times when damage from a spine condition is great enough that full disc or joint removal is required. Laser Spine Institute performs a minimally invasive stabilization procedure for these cases. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove the problematic disc or joint and insert an implant to stabilize the spine. These surgeries are a simpler and safer version of traditional open spinal fusions.

The type of surgery performed is determined by the type and severity of the spine condition and a patient’s medical history. Contact our caring team of experts today for more information and a review of your MRI report or CT scan.