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Minimally invasive surgery vs. open back surgery – Laser Spine Institute clarifies the differences in these approaches

Choosing to undergo surgery takes thought, research and many second opinions. Before electing to have any surgery you should first exhaust all conservative options, such as medication, physical therapy, yoga, etc. If these conservative treatments do not solve the pain and other symptoms from your neck and back conditions, it may be time to look into surgical alternatives.

Not all surgery types are created equal. Before electing to undergo any type of neck or back surgery, it is important to understand all of your available alternatives, as well as the pros and cons associated with each. No longer is traditional open neck and back surgery the only viable option. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive procedures as an alternative to traditional open back procedures.

Traditional surgery

Traditionally, the only alternative for patients suffering from neck or back pain was to undergo an open procedure. These procedures generally include:

  • Two- to five-day hospital stay
  • Long recovery, generally around 6 months
  • 19 percent infection rate
  • Larger incision
  • Cutting and tearing of muscles and ligaments

Minimally invasive alternative

Laser Spine Institute is able to offer patients an effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures. In fact, our minimally invasive spine surgery is often the clinically appropriate first choice and provides many advantages versus open neck or back surgery. With both minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures, Laser Spine Institute is able to treat a number of conditions that cause chronic pain and symptoms. A minimally invasive procedure at Laser Spine Institute includes:

  • No lengthy recovery^
  • 83 percent of patients are back to work within three months
  • 0.49 percent infection rate^
  • 96 patient satisfaction score^
  • Small incision
  • Muscle-sparing techniques
  • Minimally invasive outpatient procedure (avoids hospital-associated fees)
  • Board-certified surgeons+

Our dedication to minimally invasive procedures has made Laser Spine Institute the largest spine surgery center in the world. This advantage grows every week, leading to a higher level of expertise, as Laser Spine Institute helps thousands of patients get their lives back. To see if you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure at our Philadelphia center, contact Laser Spine Institute today.