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Laser Discectomy Quick Facts

How it Works:

  • Small, under-1-inch incision is made
  • Affected disc material is removed using a special laser
  • Doctors use a small microscope for better visualization as the laser is used to remove the disc material
  • Patients spend the night for a quick recovery,
  • Patients typically resume normal activities within a matter of days

Typical Conditions:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Pinched nerve
  • Bulging or herniated disc
  • Sciatica

Minimally-invasive, cost-effective, and free of painful post-op recovery side-effects.

Recovery Time*

4-6 weeks

* All recovery periods vary depending on the person or severity of the condition.

Is Laser Discectomy Right for Me?

At Q Spine Institute, the laser discectomy procedure is performed on patients who have not found relief from herniated disc pain through conservative treatments.

Patients with chronic pain conditions, where spinal fusion is not recommended, are often good candidates for laser discectomy. If you’re experiencing pain from herniated or bulging vertebral discs and non-surgical treatments have not alleviated your symptoms, you might talk to your doctor about a laser discectomy. You can also consult with Dr. Q and the Q Spine Institute team on the procedure.

During the laser discectomy procedure, a small incision is made, and a tube is then inserted into the spine for imaging and surgery. Portions of herniated discs can be removed using laser technology, and small bulges or tears can be repaired in this kind of treatment.

Am I a Candidate for Laser Discectomy?

As with any kind of surgery, there are some risks involved. You should consult with your doctor about any kind of treatment for spinal pain.

Laser discectomy techniques allow surgeons to remove a portion of the vertebral disc compressing the nerve, without requiring a traditional open back surgery, and without altering the stability of the spine.

Laser discectomy procedures have a higher patient satisfaction rate and faster recovery times than traditional open back surgery.

If you’re interested in knowing more about laser discectomy or would like to consult with Dr. Q and the Q Spine Institute about your spinal condition, make an appointment today! We look forward to helping you.

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