Unfortunately, back problems are inevitable for all of us at some point in our life. As we get older and our posture gets worse we will more than likely end up with some back pain.
Although most back pain and problems can be cured or at least helped with more holistic treatment or physiotherapy for some people who have extreme back problems they may need laser spine surgery to finally sort out the problem.
But does laser spine surgery work and will it fix your back problem?
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The Difference Between Traditional, MISS, And Laser Surgery
There are three main types of back surgery and each is used for different types of injuries and back problems.
With traditional back surgery, they will normally make an incision along the back and move tissue and muscle away from the inflamed and affected part of the back.
MISS surgery is a much less invasive type of surgery compared to traditional where they use specialized tools to create a small tunnel to the affected area. As this procedure is less invasive it means it is less painful and much quicker recovery time compared to traditional.
Laser surgery is used less often than both traditional and MISS surgery and is often used for acute or specific types of back injuries. The surgeon will use lasers to remove parts of tissue and around the nerves and spinal cord.
The Pros And Cons Of Having Spinal Surgery
One of the main benefits of having spinal surgery is that it is less invasive of other types of surgery which means the recovery time is shortened. Having any kind of back surgery has its own risks though, so always outweigh the pros and cons before making any decision.
Laser spinal surgery is more suited to certain types of injuries and back problems so won’t be the answer and the correct procedure for everyone. Always get good advice before deciding on your course of action.
How Long is Recovery Time From Laser Spine Surgery?
Recovery time from any type of surgery varies for each individual. Some people will be back to normal within a few weeks to a month while others take a lot longer. It really depends on the type of injury you had and personal circumstances.
Compared to traditional back surgery the recovery time is much quicker, with traditional surgery it takes at least eight to ten weeks where on average with laser spine surgery it can take as little as six weeks before people are back on their feet getting on with their life.
How Much Does Laser Spine Surgery Cost?
The cost of treatment can vary widely depending on your country of residence and the reputation of the surgery and surgeons.
However, it is a lot cheaper than traditional surgery mainly due to the fact the recovery time is much quicker which results in less time being spent and taking up a hospital bed.
Most insurance companies, if you have medical or private insurance, will cover the cost so speak to your insurance provider to find out more exact details of cost.
How Serious Is Laser Spine Surgery
Any type of surgery is serious and is only used as the last option should all other remedies fail. Although having spine surgery will always have its risks, as technology evolves other times it is becoming safer and safer all the time.
Always get medical advice and second opinions before deciding what type of surgery you should try for your back problem and do your own research before coming to a conclusion.
Complications, from small to very significant, can arise from laser back surgery, so always make sure you are well informed and understand the risks from the procedure before going ahead with any type of treatment…
To Sum Up
Laser spine surgery can really help people who have exhausted all other treatments for their back problems.
Living with a back injury can be excruciating and hard to live with, as it will affect your everyday life due. We use our back whenever we move any part of our body so laser spine surgery could really change your life.
Make sure to use a highly qualified surgeon for the procedure and take on all the information regarding it beforehand.
Also, beware that while the success rate is high for this type of surgery there is no guarantee it will fix the problem.