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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
51 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Why: Laser spine surgery carries with it the same dangers as conventional spine surgery. The real question is are there advantages of laser spine surgery o ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Lasers are certainly used in spine surgery but are rarely really needed or beneficial over standard minimally invasive techniques. Their main benefit ... Read More
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes. There are : Several indications for there use such as in certain disc surgeries or with treating certain tumors as well as in other limited indications.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Yes, lasers can be used in spinal surgery. Thank you for your question.
A 63-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes and yes: When indicated and on the hands of an experienced surgeon.
Dr. Patrick Roth
33 years experience Neurosurgery
Safe not effective: Laser spine surgery simply means removing disc with a laser rather than manually. It is typically performed percutaneously. Although there are reporte ... Read More
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A 76-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience Pain Management
Nothing new about it: The use of lasers for spine surgery have been around for years. These devices are used mainly to burn and destroy tissue or nerves in attempts to man ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chintan Sampat
17 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Multiple: This is an important question to discuss with your doctor prior to surgery. For most cases, the following medications should be avoided: 1. Blood th ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chintan Sampat
17 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Several: Make sure you understand your diagnosis and procedure. A lot of "laser" procedures are heavily marketed but don't have much evidence to show any bene ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
28 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Uncertain: Most spine surgeries have risks and benefits, most often based upon peer reviewed literature. Most facilities that offer these "laser" procedures shou ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Short: Recovery to full mobility is rather quick less than a week. This is much faster than prior techniques which were more invasive.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
28 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Multiple: Most spine surgeries have risks and benefits, most often based upon peer reviewed literature. "laser" spine procedures are promoted to cause less pai ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
15 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Be careful....: I have a car, and it is drives slow on the highway, & stalls frequently, i'm thinking of going to change my front tires. Thoughts? "laser spine surger ... Read More
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