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What are the advantages and disadvantages of endoscopic laser spine procedure?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of endoscopic laser spine procedure?

Minimal: The advantage that it is a minimal surgery and the disadvantage that it has minimal results! ...Read more

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

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the endoscopic laser spine 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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the recovery time for endoscopic laser spine surgery?

Can you tell me the recovery time for endoscopic laser spine surgery?

It usually as if you: Never had surgery because you barely did! basically, it is the same day. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old son's ENT doctor has recommended laser endoscopic turbinectomy with sinus clearance what are surgical alternatives to this?

My 3 yr old son's ENT doctor has recommended laser endoscopic turbinectomy with sinus clearance what are surgical alternatives to this?

Rare: Extremely unusual for a 3 year old to need these procedures. Do you know why your doctor is recommending this? You may want a second opinion. ...Read more

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Are there orthopedists that specialize in cervical endoscopic spine surgery for stenosis?

An Orthopaedic Spine: Surgeons that is well trained could perform an endoscopic posterior cervical endoscopic surgical procedure to decompress your cervical spine. But you have to make sure you are not focused more on the secondary goal than on the primary goal (properly addressing your pathology and resolving your symptoms). Some pathologies may not be best treated with endoscopy, so beware, and listen to your surgeon. ...Read more

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What can I do to prepare for a laser spine procedure?

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 more

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What can I do to find out if I am a candidate for laser spine procedure?

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 more

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How can I find out if I am a good candidate for a laser spine procedure?

How can I find out if I am a good candidate for a laser spine procedure?

WHy laser?: Unless one is treating a tumor of the spine, a laser is rarely indicated and is most often used as a marketing technique. ...Read more

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Which medication should I avoid prior to having your laser spine procedure?

Which medication should I avoid prior to having your laser spine procedure?

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 more

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What are the common risks of laser spine procedures?

What are the common risks of laser spine procedures?

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 more

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