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Understand the differences between minimally invasive and traditional spine surgery with this guide from Laser Spine Institute

Determining to undergo surgery is never an easy decision to make. At Laser Spine Institute we believe that the best patient is the informed patient, which is why we are dedicated to doing everything in our power to offer potential patients exhaustive information on all of the different aspects of spine surgery. Our minimally invasive surgeries are an effective and successful alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery, which is why we are proud to offer patients information on the risks and benefits associated with both our procedures and their invasive, traditional alternatives.

Traditional surgery

Traditionally, the only alternative for patients not wanting to live life in pain was to undergo an invasive open neck or back procedure performed in a hospital setting. Today, these procedures are still being performed and are commonly recommended to patients who might be able to find relief from effective and less invasive alternatives. The typical open neck or back procedure is generally accompanied by:

  • A large incision
  • 2- to 5-day hospital stay
  • Months of recovery and physical therapy
  • Up to 16 percent infection rate
  • Unnecessary cutting and tearing of surrounding tissues, muscles and ligaments

Minimally invasive surgery

Sticking with our commitment to offering the highest level of care and service, at Laser Spine Institute we offer patients effective and successful alternatives to traditional spine surgery through our minimally invasive procedures. Performed in our state-of-the-art outpatient ambulatory surgery centers, our procedures hold numerous benefits over traditional surgery including:

  • A less than 1-inch incision
  • Shorter recovery time^
  • 0.55 percent infection rate^
  • Be up and walking within hours of surgery
  • 81 percent of patients are back to work within 3 months
  • Muscle-sparing techniques
  • Significantly lower risk of infection

We know that choosing the best surgical option for you and your lifestyle is difficult, which is why we are dedicated to making your decision as easy and seamless as possible. If you are suffering from neck or back pain and have been recommended a traditional spine surgery, take the time to call Laser Spine Institute for a second opinion today. You deserve relief; don’t wait.