7 doctors weighed in:

Is spinal laser surgery effective and safe?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not fully accepted

Laser spine surgery is an attractive option to patients who fear conventional spine surgery.
But there is something to say when there are only a few centers in the country that perform this procedure. With any procedure, educate yourself and proceed with caution. Traditional spine surgery has its risks, but what surgical procedure doesn't?

In brief: Not fully accepted

Laser spine surgery is an attractive option to patients who fear conventional spine surgery.
But there is something to say when there are only a few centers in the country that perform this procedure. With any procedure, educate yourself and proceed with caution. Traditional spine surgery has its risks, but what surgical procedure doesn't?
Dr. Greg Khounganian
Dr. Greg Khounganian
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2 comments
Dr. Larry Armstrong
I agree with Dr. Khounganian's opinion. If it were a leading edge technology, we'd all be offering it. Laser surgery sounds good as a "buzz" word but offers absolutely no benefit over conventional surgery.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
I agree with Drs Khounganian and Armstrong. Many of these procedures are called "proprietary" and can only be done by doctors trained by and work in such facilities. If these procedures showed benefit to patients, most highly credentialed surgeons would gladly train their peers without restrictive criteria and publish long term results.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Read below

All surgical procedures have risk and can be relatively safe as well as effective when appropriately indicated and done by surgeons experienced with those specific procedures.
Lasers have there own specific set of risks related to the type of light and heat or thermal energy generated which can have significant effects on tissues exposed to that energy.

In brief: Read below

All surgical procedures have risk and can be relatively safe as well as effective when appropriately indicated and done by surgeons experienced with those specific procedures.
Lasers have there own specific set of risks related to the type of light and heat or thermal energy generated which can have significant effects on tissues exposed to that energy.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Thank
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