Laser Spine Surgery:
Laser spine surgery is a endoscopic
alternative to traditional spinal fusions
through surgery to help alleviate pain
to the lower and upper back and neck.
Physicians use a laser to remove bone
spurs, give relief to tangled nerves and
relieve herniated disks that cause
severe and debilitating pain.
Bone spurs are bony projections that
usually form along joints.
According to the Laser Spine Institute
in Florida, laser spine surgery is an
appealing alternative because it is
performed under a local anesthetic
along with IV sedation. Because the
main tool of surgery is a laser, there
are also no large incisions or lengthy
hospitalizations. Each procedure only
lasts, on average, an hour, and
recovery time is almost immediate.
Many patients walk home within hours.
Unlike conventional back surgeries,
which can require surgeons to operate
through a patient's front and risk injury
to important organs, laser surgery is
less intrusive and can involve less risk.
Nevertheless it comes with some risks.
Some patients have reported damage
to their bowels from failed surgeries or
no results at all. News reports of
numerous lawsuits against laser spine
centers in the United States are
Another drawback is that it is
expensive and not covered by most
insurance plans. An average surgery
is estimated to cost $30,000 at
minimum, according to the Laser Spine
Percutaneous Endoscopic Discectomy
used to repair the back of
degenerative Disc Disease;
Pinched Nerve (nerve root
compression) and Sciatica - the laser
carves a small indentation in the
vertebrae, which the nerve can lay
without being pinched;