Information from Reliable Sources

(1) NASS (http://www.spine.org) defines the following: "Open discectomy" done through "an approximately one-inch incision" is the most common surgical treatment for ruptured or herniated discs of the lumbar spine.

(2) Mayo Clinic, Dr. Gordon Deen says: "We don't use or recommend laser spine surgery"

(3) Discovery Health says: "None of the most recognized health authorities in the United States, or elsewhere, endorse laser spine surgery." Link

(4) Bloomberg News says: "Results of laser spine surgery are not as advertised. The number of malpractice suits is higher than expected for the volume of work."

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Our Definition

SPINE SURGERY TRAUMA defined: We define trauma as removal of any amount of spinal bone or joint.

Hype Debunked

"Laser Spine Surgery" is misleading language used in promotional material from other centers, when in fact some of them do a very traumatic access operation requiring a sizeable opening, stretching and tearing muscle, drilling and cutting out bone, ligament and joint also. The bone, ligament and joint removed is typically completely normal and doing an important job in the spine. Removing it causes permanent damage and may cause permanent symptoms due to this damage (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome). After doing this type of damaging opening, laser is of no benefit. If it is used at all, it would be just in order to call it "Laser Surgery". Laser does not actually do very much in the spine and therefore is only rarely needed in any spine procedure.

Example of Laser nerve damage done ELSEWHERE : Click Here to see Video

"Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery" - This is what every spine surgeon claims to do. Exactly how small is it? Most so called "minimally invasive spine surgery" is actually very traumatic and damaging. The problem is that the words "minimally invasive" mean something different to each person using the words. Is it bigger than your fingernail, smaller than your fist? There is no specific or standard meaning.

"Micro-discectomy" - a misnomer which sounds small. Actually it is a traumatic access operation requiring a sizeable opening, cutting muscle and typically drilling and cutting bone and joint also. A microscope is a large device located outside of the body and requires a traumatic opening, large enough to see inside.

"Endoscopic" is also misleading language used in promotional material from other centers, when in fact some of them do a very traumatic access operation requiring a sizeable opening, stretching and tearing muscle, drilling and cutting out bone, ligament and joint also. The bone, ligament and joint removed is typically completely normal and doing an important job in the spine. Removing it causes permanent damage and may cause permanent symptoms due to this damage (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome).

"Instead of Open Surgery" - can be very misleading language used in promotional material from other centers, when in fact some of them do a very traumatic access sizeable opening, stretching and tearing muscle, drilling and cutting out bone, ligament and commonly joint also. The bone, ligament and joint removed is typically completely normal and doing an important job in the spine. Removing it causes permanent injury and may cause permanent symptoms due to this trauma (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome). After doing this type of damage, to call it "instead of open surgery" is absurd. This deception is beyond HYPE.

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