Why We Do Not Recommend Laser Spine Surgery

Patients often ask our doctors about laser spine surgery because of advertisements they have seen saying lasers can be used to relieve back pain. While lasers can be used effectively in many areas of medicine, such as eye surgery or brain surgery, lasers are not, in our opinion, a good choice when it comes to spine surgery.

As you would unquestionably expect, we stay abreast of all significant developments in spine surgery and we are not aware of any study or information that persuades us that the use of lasers during spine surgery is any more effective than traditional minimally invasive techniques. At the same time, we know lasers generate heat and that heat transfer to the surgical area can lead to nerve damage. Simply put, the physicians at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates believe the use of lasers would involve increased risk while not providing any appreciable benefit. 

It is for these reasons that the physicians of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates do not recommend the use of lasers for any patients undergoing spine surgery.

Our team of experienced spine surgeons offer the latest advancements in minimally invasive spine procedures that can be performed on an outpatient basis. These advanced procedures require only a small one-inch incision, and allow patients to return to normal activities within a few days or weeks. We are wholehearted proponents of minimally invasive spine surgery and as one of the largest practices in the country we train other doctors from around the world in these minimally invasive techniques.

Learn more about our spine services here.
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