If you have been suffering from back pain for a long time and are not
considered a fit candidate for surgery, you may think that you will have
to depend on medicines and physical therapy for the rest of your life.
But thanks to advanced medical procedures, minimally invasive laser
spine surgery may help you get rid of that unbearable pain and
depressing, inactive lifestyle. Laser spine surgery is a minimally
intrusive, endoscopic method to treat upper and lower back pain.
In this procedure, a tube is inserted into the spinal cord through a
small incision made on the spine. The skin and muscles are gently
dilated by placing larger tubes on the smaller ones. Once the final tube
is successfully inserted, the spine is operated upon with the help of a
fiber optic camera, lasers and microscopic magnifying equipments. Only
that portion of the disc which compresses the spinal canal or a nerve
root is removed, leaving most of the disc intact.
Laser is used to detangle nerves or ease herniated discs which may be
the reason behind severe back pain. It can be performed under local
anesthesia combined with intravenous sedatives, eliminating the risk
from anesthesia, and the surgery is not intrusive which means it does
not require your back to be cut up. Not only that, the surgery lasts
only just about an hour and the recovery time is also negligible.
laser spine surgery can help treat a number of painful spine conditions
which may manifest as back pain, neck pain and leg pain. Some of these
conditions are sciatica, arthritis, herniated discs, spinal stenosis and
degenerative disc disease.
A laser spine surgery procedure known as Foraminotomy can successfully
treat conditions like bulging discs or herniated discs and even bone
spurs, scar tissue or compressed nerve roots.
As compared to conventional surgery, you need not have your entire
spinal cord opened up for laser spinal surgery. Small incisions will be
made on the spine and surgery will be done through these incisions. It
also ensures significantly less blood loss than conventional surgery.
There is also less scarring and hence lesser risk of scar tissue
formation, which may eventually cause back pain.
You also do not need lengthy hospitalization, thanks to laser surgery
which does not require your back to be cut up. It also minimizes the
risk of affecting other important organs in the body. After surgery, you
require very little or no physical therapy. You can even resume your
normal activities soon enough, except lifting heavy weights.
Back pain need not spell the end of your active life. With minimally
invasive laser treatment procedures you can regain the quality of your
life in no time.