I just went to a seminar and the doctor was describing the surgery. Basically, they can fix spinal stenosis, herniated discs, facet joints, and all the other kinds of back problems using a laser.
I have a herniated disc that is also torn. He said what he would do is go in there with the laser and take off the herniated fluid and then use the laser to seal up the tears. I am so excited about this as it seems like it is a less invasive way of treating my problem than getting a fusion or disc replacement. I asked him if things don't go right would it be possible to have a disc replacement after and he said yes.
The reason I am skeptical is that I have not heard a lot of people talk about it. On the other hand, I did not hear anything that alarmed me about the procedure. It is done at the Laser Spine Institute- there is one in Texas and one in Florida. Apparently the good thing about this Institute is that there is a team of surgeons who are specially trained and this is all they do.
I don't know. Please let me know if you have any experience with this. I don't want to have a disc replacement because it seems like such a drastic procedure. I just know something has to be done about my back.