Endoscopic Lumbar Spine Surgery at Laser Spine Institute
In general, there are two types of lumbar spine surgery available for patients suffering from conditions such as sciatica, herniated discs, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, or bone spurs: invasive surgery and minimally invasive surgery. Before making any decision about surgery, however, it is important to not only gather all of the facts, but to also try all the non-surgical treatments options at your disposal.
Many patients have found success in treating their lumbar spine pain through conservative methods such as heat therapy, restorative yoga, resistance exercises, and pain medication. However, there are still individuals whose lower back pain becomes severe and chronic, despite trying these treatments. For these patients, lumbar spine surgery becomes an option. There are two types of spine surgery, invasive and minimally invasive.
Invasive surgeries, such as spinal fusion, discectomy, or disc replacement, generally include the following:
- A large incision that may involve muscle stripping or tearing
- General anesthesia
- A hospital stay of several days so that the doctor can monitor for infection
- A lengthy recuperation period
- Possibility of scarring, nerve damage, or the return of symptoms
Minimally invasive surgeries, such as facet thermal ablation and percutaneous endoscopic discectomy, generally include the following:
- A very small incision through which a thin tube, a laser, and surgical tools are funneled
- Local anesthesia and deep IV sedation
- No hospital stay; these procedures are normally performed on an outpatient basis
- Greatly expedited recovery periods because damage to surrounding soft tissue is minimized
Before making the decision to undergo spine surgery, have a candid discussion with an orthopedic surgeon about your condition. The experts at Laser Spine Institute (LSI) will review your MRI or CT scan at absolutely no charge and evaluate whether or not lumbar spine surgery is right for you. LSI specializes in minimally invasive procedures that are performed on an outpatient basis.
Contact us today and find out why LSI is the foremost spine treatment center in the world.