Since 1992, the spinal specialists at the Virginia Spine Institute have treated a diverse range of spine conditions with the pioneered advances they have made in minimally invasive spine surgery and motion preservation surgery. Over our 20 year history, each one of the procedures we have performed is specifically tailored to the case of the individual patient. When it comes to presenting our patients with their treatment options, our philosophy is to empower our patients with choices. When we empower our patients with their choices we also feel it is critical to educate them on the advantages and disadvantages of each of the procedures. Our goal with each of our patients is to alleviate their pain, restore and maximize function, and improving their overall quality of life.
Although laser spine surgery has recently received increasing attention and publicity (along with many minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques), it has been used during spine surgery since the 1980s. At this time the laser continues to be one of many options that can be used depending on the location and severity of the patient's problem.
The goal of minimally invasive spine surgery is to relieve the pain caused by a spinal condition while decreasing trauma or disruption, to body tissues at the time of the surgery. Spine surgery may be performed using a number of different tools to minimize tissue disruption including laser. The laser is one of the devices a surgeon can use as to cut, remove, or shrink certain tissue.
Like any other procedures, laser surgery is not appropriate for all patients. It is important to discuss the details of your surgical procedure at length with your surgeon and to understand options prior to moving forward with any procedure.