U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
MD
A 63-year-old member asked:

Is laser spine surgery effective and safe?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Yes and yes: When indicated and on the hands of an experienced surgeon.
Dr. Patrick Roth
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Safe not effective: Laser spine surgery simply means removing disc with a laser rather than manually. It is typically performed percutaneously. Although there are reported benefits, in order to state that it is effective, those benefits have to beat the placebo effect which is considerable. Most of the laser surgeries done are for disc bulge which doesn't need surgery in the first place.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

A 45-year-old member asked:

How safe is laser spine surgery?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
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 over conventional spine surgery. According to a paper by the mayo clinic laser spine surgery does not provide any advantage over conventional spine surgery. There are no independent studies that have confirmed the benefits of the laser spine surgery over conventional spine surgery. Additionally there in the next the tremendous expense of laser spine surgery that cost approximately 2 to 3 times that of conventional.

Related questions

A 40-year-old member asked:
3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
A 36-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 41-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
A 41-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
A 34-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Oct 10, 2018
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.