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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,512
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:27 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Just wondering if anyone has any knowledge or perhaps 1st hand experience with laser Spine surgery and if so, how did it go?

Thanks,
Mark

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  • You didn't mention what type of treatment or surgery you are looking at. I was scheduled for a C5C6 ACDF and I looked into the laser surgeries offered at various "institutes" in Florida. From what I found, my advice is...run away! I discovered several lawsuits and complaints against them with the state of FL and the "doctors" that do the procedures aren't even MD's. Research at legitimate medical facilities (Harvard, etc.) showed that the laser treatments can be used to treat some disc problems but are not a substitute for a fusion.

    Also, insurance companies will not cover expenses incurred at these "institutes". You will be asked for $20,000 - $30,000 up front when you walk in the door! If you are looking for an alternative to fusion, I would look at an artificial disc replacement procedure, not the laser treatment.

    BTW, I did have my ACDF in October at the University of Utah and I am doing GREAT. I am pain and symptom-free and can hardly even tell I had anything done to my neck. Looking forward to horseback riding, ATVing and rafting this summer!
  • Stay Away!!!!!

    After spending $29,000, I am the same as I was before the treatment. The post surgery MRI shows no difference than the pre surgery MRI. Their customer service is the worst you can imagine. I'm looking for other patients that have had the same experience I have had.

    I am now going through disk decompression and I am 30% better in only two weeks.
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  • Dear floridalarry - What type of procedure did you have done? What symptoms did you have (or for that matter still have)
  • What problems did you have and what procedures were perfomed
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