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Minimally invasive surgical procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute by our experienced St. Louis surgeons

If chronic pain is affecting your quality of life, we invite you to learn more about the minimally invasive procedures available at our St. Louis center. These treatment options are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery, helping you find relief from pain.^

Laser Spine Institute St. Louis

At Laser Spine Institute our surgeons specialize exclusively in relieving neck and back pain through minimally invasive, outpatient spine surgery. We’ve performed nearly 100,000 minimally invasive procedures, setting us apart as the leader in this field.

The surgeons at our St. Louis center treat a variety of common spine conditions with the help of minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization. These procedures offer a number of benefits compared to traditional open neck and back surgery, including no lengthy recovery,^ a reduced risk of infection and less surgical blood loss.

Minimally invasive decompression

At our St. Louis center, we offer several minimally invasive decompression procedures to help treat a number of spine conditions. These procedures include:

  • Discectomy
  • Facet thermal ablation
  • Foraminotomy
  • Laminotomy

During a minimally invasive decompression procedure, your surgeon will use a series of dilating tubes to access the impacted area, sparing the surrounding muscles and tissue from being cut or torn. The first tube of the series is inserted in a less than 1-inch incision followed by tubes increasing in size, which are placed over the first tube, one at a time. This slowly creates the opening to the spine, splitting the muscles between their fibers. The last tube is about 18 millimeters in diameter, and, through this working tube, the surgeon inserts surgical instruments. Once everything is in place, the surgeon can remove the bone, ligament or tissue that is compressing the nerve.

Minimally invasive stabilization

Some of our patients require added stability of the spine in order to find relief from pain. Minimally invasive stabilization at Laser Spine Institute is a safer and effective alternative to traditional fusion surgery. Minimally invasive stabilization is an outpatient procedure performed through a small incision, sparing your muscles from being cut or torn. The surgeon removes the affected disc and inserts an implant and bone to provide immediate stability and relief from pain. This allows the disc space to fuse. Additional implants may be necessary to further stabilize the spine.

At our St. Louis center, we offer the following minimally invasive stabilization procedures:

  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Decompression with interlaminar stabilization™ device
  • Cervical disc replacement

Help for common spine conditions

No one should have to suffer with chronic pain. Help is available. 88 percent of our patients return to daily activities within three months of having surgery and 81 percent of patients return to work within that same time period.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer treatment for the following spine conditions. If you are struggling with one of these conditions, you could be a potential candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery.

  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Bulging/herniated disc
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pinched nerve
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Foraminal stenosis
  • Annular tear
  • Adult scoliosis
  • Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS)

At our St. Louis center, our state-of-the-art facilities provide an integrated experience where all required services are coordinated for you, including complete clinical evaluation, imaging, diagnostic testing, pain management, surgery and postoperative assessment. Our skilled Care Team members are here for you — and are devoted to helping you find comfort and peace while you are in our care.

Learn more

Please contact a member of our Care Team to learn more about the many benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery and to set up your MRI review. We will be happy to assess your situation and determine if we can help.