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

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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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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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 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 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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What are some risks that are associated with laser spine procedures?

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 more

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How does laser spine institute (lsi) help?

How does laser spine institute (lsi) help?

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 more

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How safe is laser spine surgery?

How safe is laser spine surgery?

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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What is the safety and efficacy of laser spine surgery?

Nothing new about it: The use of lasers for spine surgery have been around for years. These devices are used mainly to burn and destroy tissue or nerves in attempts to manage pain. There are places throughout the country that advertise this new state of the art technology. Not much new about it. Not any riskier than traditional spine surgery. Not sure it is more effective. ...Read more

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