Laser spinal surgery utilizes an innovative laser device which has the capabilities to heat, vaporize and coagulate soft tissue structures that cause compression along your nerves. This laser provides precise removal of soft tissue structures, including herniated disks and scar tissue. The laser can be used to shrink herniated disk material and seal tears. Typically, this is used in conjunction with other tools to provide the best patient care and experience.
Lasers have been utilized as a tool in spine surgery since the 1980s and continues to be one of many surgical options to treat spinal conditions depending on the location and severity of a patient’s problem.
Laser spine surgery utilizes a focused beam of light (laser technology) to remove soft tissues over the spine through a small incision. This is most commonly done to treat herniated or ruptured discs, removing the damaged portion of the disc to reduce pain.
Laser technology works by using heat to vaporize soft tissue structures, including scar tissue and herniated disk material.
If you have a disc herniation, scar tissue, or soft tissues compressing a nerve, the laser may be used in these scenarios to remove this compression.
Reviewed by: Thomas Schuler, MD, FACS, FAAOS.