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Laser Spine Institute Complaints
Always ask: It would be in your best interest to assure that the physician is board certified by a reputable medical board. For neurosurgeons, that is the abns (www.Abns.Org). If they are not certified or at least eligible (recently trained docs), find one who is.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No...: Just curious as to why you are interested in the Laser Spine Institute since there is very little you can actually do with a laser in the spine. Lasers which I have used quite a bit, allow the surgeon to cut or vaporize soft tissues. They can cause damage to the nerves in the spine and have to be careful using them there. ...Read more
31 yr old female, L5 herniated disk. What can I do as far as back surgery? The laser spine institute? Hurts so bad
Varies: I would not hesitate to be seen. The vast majority of patients with disc herniation a do respond to nonoperative care, but a small percentage do require surgery, which in general is highly successful for the appropriate candidate. ...Read more
A herniated disc and thinking about surgery at laser spine institute. Disc replacement. Safe? Good institue?
Why: Laser spine surgery carries with it the same dangers as conventional spine surgery. The real question is are there advantages of laser spine surgery over conventional spine surgery. According to a paper by the mayo clinic laser spine surgery does not provide any advantage over conventional spine surgery. There are no independent studies that have confirmed the benefits of the laser spine surgery over conventional spine surgery. Additionally there in the next the tremendous expense of laser spine surgery that cost approximately 2 to 3 times that of conventional. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Make sure you understand your diagnosis and procedure. A lot of "laser" procedures are heavily marketed but don't have much evidence to show any benefit of the laser. Consider a second opinion prior to the procedure by another spine specialist. Ensure that you have tried non-operative treatment without success. The arrangements otherwise are similar to those prior to any other surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a spine surgeon: Laser spine surgery has been around for over a decade and has been discussed extensively throughout the spine surgeon community. Though opinions may differ from surgeon to surgeon, most spine surgeons have information on risks and benefits of laser spine surgery. Before proceeding with any procedure, be sure find a provider who is willing to address your concerns to your satisfaction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PreSurgical meds: I am not a surgeon, but i know you should avoid Aspirin or products containing aspirin. This would include alka selzer, b c powders, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) as well as other preparations. These substances act as blood thinners and increase bleeding complications. Ginkgo biloba can have similar affects. Be sure and check with your surgeon, they probably have a list of what to avoid. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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