A 34-year-old member asked:
i had back pain and it ruins my life. i was thinking to have a laser spine surgery. thoughts?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor answered
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
Dr. Robert Replogle answered
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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