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what is the safety and efficacy of laser spine surgery?

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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 manage pain. There are places throughout the country that advertise this new state of the art technology. Not much new about it. Not any riskier than traditional spine surgery. Not sure it is more effective.
Answered on Oct 1, 2012
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Depends who does it: That depends on who does it and for what indications. It is definitely overused. Most issues that have been operated on this way tend to not even need surgery and would have gotten better non operatively. Be wary of anyone who's says it is of little risk as there is always risk and it may be of little benefit. For certain tumor surgeries, there is an indication.
Answered on Aug 29, 2012
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