A 34-year-old member asked:
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i had back pain and it ruins my life. i was thinking to have a laser spine surgery. thoughts?

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Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
15 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Be careful....: I have a car, and it is drives slow on the highway, & stalls frequently, i'm thinking of going to change my front tires. Thoughts? "laser spine surgery" only havs limited application, as laser is a tool just like all the other tools we use in surgery. There is no one tool that takes care of all problems. Run fast if anyone tells you otherwise. Changing a tire will not fix all problems my car has.
Answered on May 2, 2013
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
28 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Before having any spine surgery, especially "Laser" surgery, please verify the doctor's credentials. The surgeon should be board certified by a ABMS board, particularly the Boards of Orthopaedic or Neurological Surgery, with admission to either FAAOS, FAANS, or FACS. Go to www.abms.org to verify credentials. Get a second opinion also.
May 2, 2013
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
28 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Before having any spine surgery, especially "Laser" surgery, please verify the doctor's credentials. The surgeon should be board certified by a ABMS board, particularly the Boards of Orthopaedic or Neurological Surgery, with admission to either FAAOS, FAANS, or FACS. Go to www.abms.org to verify credentials. Get a second opinion also.
May 2, 2013
Dr. Robert Replogle
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Decompression: Most of the techniques of laser spine surgery involve decompressing the neural elements. This tends to be best at relieving radicular pain-pain which radiates down arms or legs. Surgical back pain is related to instability which is only relieved with a stabilizing procedure such as a fusion, disc replacement, or (experimental) joint replacement. Laser is unlikely to help pure back pain.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
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