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Laser spine surgery, a term often used interchangeably with endoscopic spine surgery, can be used to treat several chronic pain conditions involving the spine without the complications and long recovery period associated with more invasive surgery. Laser procedures are used in small percentage of minimally invasive neck and back surgeries.
Benefits of Laser Spine Surgery
There are many benefits to the laser spine procedure, beginning with minimal damage to the surrounding tissues, since the surgeon only needs to make a tiny incision. Less tissue damage means a less painful recovery.
Other benefits of laser spine surgery include:
- A smaller incision
- Same-day discharge in most cases
- Quick, at-home recovery period
- Minimal blood loss
- Minimal scarring
- Lower infection rate
Conditions and Symptoms Treated
There are many conditions that can be treated with laser spine surgery, including:
- Spinal stenosis
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Pinched nerves
- Facet joint syndrome
Preparing for Laser Spine Surgery
You will be given preparation instructions to follow before your laser spine surgery. In most cases, the following is recommended in preparation for surgery:
- Avoid certain medications and supplements – Some medications and supplements can increase the risk of bleeding. You may be advised to stop taking these medications and supplements for a period of time before surgery.
- Fast for 6 to 12 hours – The amount of time you need to fast before surgery depends on the type of anesthesia being used. Follow the fasting instructions given to avoid postponement of your surgery.
- Arrange for a ride home – You will not be able to drive after laser spine surgery and will need to have someone pick you up.
The specifics of laser spine surgery vary depending on the condition being treated. You will likely be given local anesthesia to numb the area. Spinal laser surgery begins with the surgeon inserting a thin tube or needle through a tiny incision measuring less than an inch. This allows the surgeon to visualize the area of the spine being treated, including the spinal canal and discs, and the tube allows the surgeon to push aside ligaments and tissues. The surgeon then surgically removes or repairs damaged soft tissue. Sometimes other instruments may be used. The laser is used as-needed to cauterize any bleeding that may occur or to move through scar tissue. Once complete, one or two stitches or thin pieces of sterile tape will be used to close the tiny incision.
Following your spinal laser surgery, you will be monitored in the recovery room for a few hours before being sent home.
Recovering After Laser Spine Surgery
Recovery after undergoing laser spine surgery can vary depending on the patient and the type of surgery. Most patients can return to their full activities within 4-6 weeks. Those with sedentary jobs may return to work as quickly as 1-2 weeks after surgery.
Pain following laser surgery is minimal and in most cases easily managed with acetaminophen or anti-inflammatory medication.
Depending on your surgery, you may be given a brace to wear, though that is mostly for your comfort. Since laser spinal surgery preserves muscle function, most patients won’t require a brace for support, though some may find a brace helpful in managing pain.
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