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The benefits of Laser Spine Surgery include: smaller incisions, shorter recovery times, finer precision, and longer lasting results. 

Laser surgery uses light beams to create incisions (or cuts) instead of surgical instruments. “Laser” stands for “Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation.”

Patients with chronic pain conditions, where fusion is not the recommended treatment, are often good candidates for laser surgery. In cases where multiple incisions may be required or multiple vertebrae are affected, laser may not be the right choice for treatment. Regular spinal surgery involves incisions made by scalpels or other surgical tools. The muscle tissues must be moved away from the spine to access the problem areas. Laser surgery eliminates multiple large incisions and the need to manipulate or move surrounding tissue.

Common Spine Procedures with laser technology include: Percutaneous Cervical Disc Nucleoplasty, Percutaneous Laser Discoplasty, and Rhizotomy. 

Have more questions if laser spine surgery is right for you? Consult with your physician or learn more about AASC practicing physicians here.