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what are the advantages and disadvantages of the endoscopic laser spine surgery?

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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 pain due to minimal incision lengths. I have seen patients treated in these facilities who do report pain relief, but also I have revised bad outcomes from laser surgery. Talk to your doctor and check credentials via abms. (www.Abms.Org).
Answered on Jan 8, 2014
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Less invasive: Pro: less invasive (small incision, less tissue disturbance), maybe faster recovery (hard to prove) con: more x-ray exposure, fewer surgeons competent in technique, may or may not prove more effective than conventional surgery both it and conventional share surgical risks: infection, bleeding, continued symptoms, relapse, nerve or blood vessel problems, etc.
Answered on Jun 15, 2015
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