To answer this question, we first need to know what a laser is and what it has to do with spine surgery.
The word laser is actually an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. And a laser is a device that can produce highly coherent, powerful light.
The very basic purpose of spine surgery is to relieve spine pain and other symptoms. To do so, doctors use different tools, including lasers, to remove tissue, disc herniations, bone spurs, or other spinal overgrowths that cause spine pain. So laser spine surgery (also known as minimally invasive laser spine surgery or minimally invasive laser spine surgery) really means laser-assisted spine surgery in which a laser is used as a cutting tool.
The invention of the laser dates back to the 1950s. Since its invention, lasers have been used in a wide range of fields, including science, engineering, and surgery. Since the 1980s, neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons have started applying lasers to spine surgery.
Compared with traditional spine surgery, which often uses high-speed drills or other invasive surgical instruments to remove disc herniations and bone spurs, laser spine surgery has the following advantages.
- Minimally invasiveness: The surgical incision is generally smaller than 10 mm
- Local anesthesia: Patients stay awake and can communicate with the surgeon during the surgical procedure
- Same day surgery: The entire procedure generally takes about 1-2 hours, and patients generally can walk 2-3 hours after the surgery
- Fast recovery: It only takes about 2-3 days to a couple of weeks before the patient can return to normal activities
- Low risk: There is little bleeding during the procedure and minimal, if at all, damage to the surrounding tissue
- Reduced postoperative pain
- Less scarring
- No hardware left in the body
- Preservation of the spine mobility
Because of the above advantages, more and more surgeons have accepted laser spine surgery as an effective and safe treatment option for spinal pain. Many scientific and medical papers have documented the application and successful results of laser spine surgery for the treatment of spine pain caused by a wide variety of conditions, including bone spurs, disc herniations, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, as well as failed spine surgery syndrome.
Dr. Liu, chief surgeon of Atlantic Spinal Care (ASC), is a leader in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery. At ASC, Dr. Liu performs minimally invasive spine surgery on a daily basis. Because of the high success rate of his surgery, patients from all over the country come to ASC to seek treatment for their spine conditions. Check out the patients’ testimonials to see what his patients have to say about the surgery.
So back to the question, does laser spine surgery work? Experts’ experiences and mounting medical evidence tell us, for certain patients, yes. The key to successful laser spine surgery is to find the right surgeon who is truly experienced with the procedure.
If you have been suffering from back pain, talk to us today to find out if laser spine surgery is right for you.