Making the decision to have surgery is never easy. It’s why we provide potential patients with the facts they need to make an informed choice. By disclosing information on our surgical outcomes and patient experiences, we ensure the highest level of transparency for our patients and their loved ones. It is our hope the findings listed in the research below will help you make the decision that’s best for you.

Patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100

This score is a mean, rounded to the nearest whole number, based on results collected by a third-party vendor, Press Ganey, between Oct 2016 and March 2017. Surveys were sent to all patients with valid email addresses as early as three days after treatment. The patients’ responses for their likelihood of recommending our facility were recorded and scored using a Likert scale. Laser Spine Institute earned a score of 97.1 out of 100.

Patient satisfaction score of 96

This score is a mean, rounded to the nearest whole number, based on results collected by a third-party vendor, Press Ganey, between Oct 2016 and March 2017. Surveys containing 31 items regarding satisfaction in the categories of “registration,” “nursing,” “physician,” “facility,” “personal issues,” “anesthesiologist” and “overall assessment” were sent to all patients with valid email addresses as early as three days after treatment, and 1,505 surveys were returned and scored using a Likert scale. LSI earned a score of 95.7 out of 100.

Patient testimonials

Some level of improvement was reported by 90.8 percent of patients. The average improvement reported was 64 percent. These figures were calculated from three-month postoperative survey responses collected from 7/1/15 to 6/30/16. Patients who completed their survey outside of a two-week window were removed from the sample, as were patients who entered an inconsistent character or any value over 100.

3 percent complication rate

Laser Spine Institute complication rates are calculated quarterly and are based on the number of reported events divided by the number of completed surgeries. Complication rate may include categories such as postoperative infections and neurological deficits, hospital transfers, hematomas, wrong procedures, returns to surgery and patient injuries in the facility. Our medical staff constantly monitors events to identify specific trends and potential issues.

0.49 percent infection rate

Surgical site infection (SSI) rates are calculated quarterly and are based on the number of confirmed surgical site infections reported to all Laser Spine Institute surgery centers divided by the number of completed surgeries. Laser Spine Institute follows the guidelines defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for classifying a surgical site infection.

Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back procedures.

Statistical analysis of patient reported outcomes in spine journals below suggest that minimally invasive spine surgery is as effective as traditional open back or neck surgery.

Industry research further supports that minimally invasive spine surgery is safer than traditional open neck or back surgery because it has shown that infection rates and complication rates are lower with minimally invasive techniques.

  • Cizik AM, Lee MJ, Martin BI, Bransford R J, Bellabarba C, Chapman JR, Mirza, SK. Using the Spine Surgical Invasiveness Index to Identify Risk of Surgical Site Infection. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2012; 94(4):335-342.
  • Shih P, Wong AP, Smith TR, Lee AI, Fessler RG. Complications of open compared to minimally invasive lumbar spine decompression. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2011;18(10):1360-1364.
  • O’Toole JE, Eichholz KM, Fessler RG. Surgical Site Infection Rates After Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. 2009;11(4):471-476.
  • Adogwa O, Parker SL, Bydon A, Cheng J, McGirt MJ. Comparative Effectiveness of Minimally Invasive Versus Open Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion. Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques. 2011;24(8):479-484.

Outpatient minimally invasive spine surgery costs less than spine surgery in hospitals

This study states that the outpatient treatment of lumbar disc herniation costs $11,616 compared to $20,585 for inpatient surgery at a hospital. The cost is based on data from Medicare claims and State Ambulatory Surgery Databases in 2009. Cost includes payments to the physicians and facilities.

Koenig L, Dall TM, Gu Q, Saavoss J, Schafer MF. How Does Accounting for Worker Productivity Affect the Measured Cost-Effectiveness of Lumbar Discectomy? Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®. 2014;472(4):1069-1079.


No lengthy recovery. Patients are encouraged to walk the day of surgery.

Individual spine conditions, treatment and recovery times may vary. Each patient’s experience with minimally invasive spine surgery will differ.