A common complaint brought to doctors, back pain affects over six million new individuals every year. The majority of reports indicate lower back pain to be predominant. It ranks 3rd in terms of medical expenses contributions, and around 80% of all adults will experience some form of back pain during their lives. It is also a prime cause for doctor visits, missed work and worker’s compensation. Among other treatments, a considerable number of people will require surgery.
Laser surgery has only recently became a mainstream procedure and the results are acclaimed by both previous patients undergoing open back surgery as well as patients that never had any type of surgery before. Eliminating the need for large incisions, muscle stripping and excessive use of anesthetics, this procedure allows the patients to fully recover in just a few weeks. Lasers will eliminate back pain by separating or eliminating issues that are not anatomically or functionally correct. Abnormally grown tissue, or damage attained during accidents will cause pain. After the procedure pain relief is almost instant and hospitalization is not required.
However, since the laser back surgery procedure has not been used for a considerable period of time, some insurance providers will not cover it, thus posing a financial challenge for the patient. Individuals that have undergone the procedure have reported satisfaction and consider it a good investment. In fact, the usual cost of a laser assisted surgery is 70-80% less that of traditional or older methods.
The procedure is aimed at removing common ailments such as: herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, spine arthritis, bone spurs, spinal stenosis, scar tissue, foraminal stenosis, sciatica, facet disease. On average most patients usually require a handful of procedures, such as foraminotomy, laminotomy and facet thermal ablation.
For example, in microdisectomy, a thick needle is inserted into a spinal disc. Inside the needle, a laser fiber is passed into the tissue. Activating the laser will cause the close-by disc tissues to vaporize, and the surrounding tissue to withdraw into that area. A microscope is also inserted in the area, allowing the surgeon to guide the laser precisely.
In case of ruptured discs, a laminotomy is preformed. In this procedure, the nerve roots exposed to pressure are relieved by removing the surrounding lamina. The laser is used for cutting and removing the affected parts.
By successfully using the highly advanced low-risk laser back surgery, the patient will enjoy pain relief and can start working in a matter of days.