Laser spine surgery is touted as the next big thing for treating chronic back pain, but is it the real deal or just a gimmick?
The main goal of surgery is to reduce pain and give a patient back their mobility.
An Endoscopic Decompression is a minimally invasive way to treat radiculopathy, this surgery allows the surgeon to make small incisions and use specialized equipment, cameras and monitors for him or her to look through.
Endoscopic Laser Rhizotomy can be used to treat chronic back pain problems associated with the nerves in the spine.
This can be due to a number of reasons: facet arthritis, facet joint injuries, chronic back pain, and compressed nerves to name a few.
The main goal of endoscopic laser Rhizotomy is to provide pain relief to the patient by deadening the nerve endings so that they can no longer send pain signals to the brain. This could provide relief to patients for months or even years, before the nerves re-grow.
An Endoscopic Foraminotomy is used to treat compressed nerves in the spinal column.
This surgical procedure is performed to enlarge the passageway where the spinal nerve exits the spinal canal. By enlarging this passageway you relieve pressure to the compressed nerves.
An Endoscopic Discectomy is used to treat herniated discs in the spine.
When a patient has suffered from a herniated disc what occurs is, one or more of the intervertebral discs that cushion the vertebrae in the back ruptures or bursts out into the spinal canal. Once this has happened it can compress the nerves or spinal cord in the back and cause pain, weakness and numbness.
The most commonly used treatment for a herniated disc is physical therapy and pain medications. For a majority of people suffering from these disc problems 6-8 weeks of treatment is all that is required for their pain to subside.