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A 21-year-old female asked about a 39-year-old female:

How safe is laser spinal surgery for a women in her 40's with a bulging and herniated disc ?

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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Second Opinion: You might want to discuss other options for treatment of this condition. The procedure is relatively safe, but the efficacy is debated in the neurosurgery community. I would suggest getting a second opinion to evaluate all the data.
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Cost benefits ?: There have been no clinical trials of laser surgery versus standard surgery. The more recent reviews of laser disc decompression show limited evidence for use of laser disc decompression. The procedure is associated with very high out of pocket cost, without clear evidence beyond patient testimonials of its extreme effectiveness. You should speak with non-laser surgeons to get a balanced view.

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