Back pain surgical options

If you suffer from chronic back pain, you’ve probably felt a lot of frustration when conservative treatments like pain medication, chiropractic care or physical therapy 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. However, 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 six years with chronic neck or back pain before seeking surgical treatment for their 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 and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery that many people are not aware of.^ The highly skilled surgeons at Laser Spine Institute and the benefits of our minimally invasive procedures have made us the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. We encourage you to contact us with any questions you have so you can make the best decision for your spine care needs.

Traditional back surgery versus 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 an extended lengthy recovery time. During a traditional open back procedure, the surgeon has to make a 6- to 8-inch 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 less than 1-inch incision in the neck or back. The surrounding muscles and tissue are moved aside, so the surgeon can access the spine. This means the elimination of hospital-associated costs, a shorter recovery time and lower risk of complication compared to patients who undergo traditional open back surgery.^

Laser Spine Institute is committed to patient-centered care. That is why we have a patient satisfaction score of 98 and a patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^ We constantly strive to offer the best care in the best setting for our patients. Our minimally invasive procedures have made us the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, allowing us to help more than 75,000 patients get their lives back from chronic neck and back pain

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

Minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization

Our procedures can be divided into two categories — minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization. The type of surgery performed is determined by the type and severity of the spine condition and a patient’s medical history. Minimally invasive decompression surgery is used in cases where spinal damage is less severe. During this procedure, one of our board-certified surgeons+ 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 may remove the problematic disc or joint and insert an implant to stabilize the spine.

At Laser Spine Institute, 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. Reach out to our team today for more information and ask for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.