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

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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Chintan Sampat
Dr. Chintan Sampat
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Understand what the doctor wants to do with the laser, and verify with a second opinion if the treatment would significantly help your problem. Also, just like with any surgical opinion, verify the surgeons credentials and board certification. A good website to review is the ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialities) at www.abos.org.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Try nonop care

First as you will most likely get better if you were indicated for laser spinal surgery since that procedure is usually not needed since its indications usually match diagnoses that get better without surgery.
. If you fail nonoperative care then see a real spine surgeon who is fellowship trained in spine for an opinion as to the indication for any potential and appropriate surgery.

In brief: Try nonop care

First as you will most likely get better if you were indicated for laser spinal surgery since that procedure is usually not needed since its indications usually match diagnoses that get better without surgery.
. If you fail nonoperative care then see a real spine surgeon who is fellowship trained in spine for an opinion as to the indication for any potential and appropriate surgery.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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