Laser discectomy is a minimally invasive outpatient surgical procedure that provides patients with relief from pain due to herniated discs and spinal stenosis. The procedure uses lasers to vaporize a small portion of the gel-like interior of an intervertebral disc, which reduces the volume of a damaged disc and any pressure caused by bulging or herniation.
The procedure is known to be minimally invasive and is considered an effective treatment for chronic back and extremity pain.
IS LASER DISCECTOMY RIGHT FOR ME?
At Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care, the laser discectomy procedure is performed on patients who have not found relief from herniated disc pain through conservative treatments.
Patients with chronic pain conditions, where spinal fusion is not recommended, are often good candidates for laser discectomy. If you’re experiencing pain from herniated or bulging vertebral discs and non-surgical treatments have not alleviated your symptoms, you might talk to your doctor about a laser discectomy. You can also consult with Dr. Joseph Weinstein and the Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care team on the procedure.
During the laser discectomy procedure, a small incision is made, and a tube is then inserted into the spine for imaging and surgery. Portions of herniated discs can be removed using laser technology, and small bulges or tears can be repaired in this kind of treatment.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR LASER DISCECTOMY?
As with any kind of surgery, there are some risks involved. You should consult with your doctor about any kind of treatment for spinal pain.
Laser discectomy techniques allow surgeons to remove a portion of the vertebral disc compressing the nerve, without requiring a traditional open back surgery, and without altering the stability of the spine.
Laser discectomy procedures have a higher patient satisfaction rate and faster recovery times than traditional open back surgery.
If you’re interested in knowing more about laser discectomy or would like to consult with Dr. Joseph Weinstein and the Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care about your spinal condition, make an appointment today! We look forward to helping you.