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What are some risks that are associated with laser spine procedures?

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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Infection: The procedure is designed to cause less operative trauma to your back. Smaller holes will heal faster. You still risk getting an infection but precautions are taken. Bad response to anesthesia is another risk. Not getting better after the surgery is another risk. Results re back pain getting better are much less promising.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
That they are done : First, that they are done for the wrong reason and by physicians who may not be really spine trained. Most discs that they are indicated for this procedure would have resolved without surgery. The risks are the same as a standard disc surgery including infection, nerve injury, injury to other organs or structures, spinal fluid leakage/dural tear and failure to fix the problem!

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What are the common risks of laser spine procedures?

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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Infection: The procedure is designed to cause less operative trauma to your back. Smaller holes will heal faster. You still risk getting an infection but precautions are taken. Bad response to anesthesia is another risk. Not getting better after the surgery is another risk. Results re back pain getting better are much less promising.

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