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

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Multiple

Most spine surgeries have risks and benefits, most often based upon peer reviewed literature.
"laser" spine procedures are promoted to cause less pain due to minimal incision lengths. I have seen patients treated in these facilities who do report pain relief, but also I have revised bad outcomes from laser surgery. Talk to your doctor and check credentials via abms. (www.Abms.Org).

In brief: Multiple

Most spine surgeries have risks and benefits, most often based upon peer reviewed literature.
"laser" spine procedures are promoted to cause less pain due to minimal incision lengths. I have seen patients treated in these facilities who do report pain relief, but also I have revised bad outcomes from laser surgery. Talk to your doctor and check credentials via abms. (www.Abms.Org).
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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