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Laser Surgeriy vs. Invasive Surgery

As a veteran of two lumbar surgeries and one 3 level neck fusion surgery, I have a question about laser surgery. I know this is after the fact, but was just wondering about recommendations and/or what are the benefits. Can fusions be performed using laser? Wouldn't think so. Just what can be done via laser surgery.

It would seem that anything that would replace the invasive methods that were used on me would be more beneficial. According to the ads that I have read and the commercials of a local office, there is not much in the way of pain or after surgery recuperation with the laser surgery. I know some of this is just hype.......just want to know more facts from those more familiar. With my past, it is very possible that I may have to go through a back related surgery again.

Any comments would be appreciated.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    edited 12/06/2013 - 5:21 AM
    For me, I dont even think the words laser and minimal invasive surgery were even known. It was invasive surgery, plain and simple.
    Even though the section title is Back Surgery, the links go into the different types of surgery for the spine.

    But here is a link to all the Spine-Health medical articles regarding spinal surgery Spinal surgery
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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  • I understand that when a fusion is done, the natural disc is removed. The surgeon uses suction to remove the disc. Then, cages or hardware are installed where the disc was, thereby keeping the vertebrates spaced apart enough.

    TBH, I don't see much laser usage or places that use it. The few that do seem to have a sketchy reputation. I don't know, that's just what I have gleaned from years of reading internet spine message boards.

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