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Fusion or Laser surgery? pro and con

RugbyplayerRRugbyplayer Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:00 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I must have written my previous note in the wrong place. my apologies.

I am the mother of a healthy 31 year old man. He used to play Rugby in his youth and had to stop playing because of his neck injuries. Many years later (now) the pain has returned and after having had several injections, an old MRI, massages, therapy, etc., we are seriously considering surgery. My question is: Laser or fusion? Consecuences of each one and probabilities of success? I don't know what to do. I hear fusion and I hear laser, what is the difference. Where is the best place in this country (USA) to have the surgery.

And now, as if it isn't enough, he is into boxing. Talking with him and the consecuences of this boxing is like talking to a rock. Rugby was his passion, his life, his dream...and his future. And now, his valve of escape is 'boxing'

I need suggestions....opinions....you might write me directly to Azulic05@aol.com

My respect and good wishes for recovery for all suffering from pain.

A mom


  • i don't know anything about laser surgery but i have first hand knowledge about fusion surgery .and let me tel you they are no picnic.its major invasive pain full an a long recovery .and you will need to protect the spine for the rest of your life ..so contact sport is not a good idea and to be honest with you after the trauma of a fusion you wont want to injure your spine anymore .read more of my posts for more info
    tony {UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • A good friend of mine had 1 level cervial fusion.. Not sure of the details but he was so happy he decided to do 2 LEVEL lumbar fusion about 1.5 months apart.. DARN impressive.. for myfirend it worked wonders.. Everyones different
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