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Minimally invasive vs. traditional surgery – Laser Spine Institute explains the differences for our patients in St. Louis

When looking into all of the available surgical options to treat your chronic and severe neck or back pain, you may find yourself wondering what each procedure entails in terms of surgical outcomes, infection rates and recovery time. At Laser Spine Institute we understand this is an important step in your journey to getting your life back, which is why we have compiled the following information to help you make the best decision for you and your lifestyle.

Traditional surgery

Traditionally, patients suffering from chronic conditions and pain were forced to undergo invasive open neck or back surgery to find relief. These types of procedures are generally accompanied by the following:

  • Up to 16 percent infection rate
  • Unnecessary cutting and tearing of surrounding tissues, muscles and ligaments
  • 2- to 5-day hospital stay
  • Significantly lower risk of infection
  • Large incision
  • Months of recovery and physical therapy

Minimally invasive surgery

Laser Spine Institute specializes in minimally invasive alternatives to the traditional open neck and back procedure performed in a hospital setting. Our procedures are performed in our outpatient ambulatory surgery centers, which are located regionally across the United States. These procedures are able to effectively treat a number of the most common conditions that cause devastating pain and symptoms. Benefits of choosing Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive surgery include:

  • 98 patient satisfaction score^
  • 98 out of 100 patient recommendation rate
  • No hospital stay
  • 0.55 percent infection rate^
  • Shorter recovery time^
  • 81 percent of patients are back to work within 3 months
  • Typically less than 1-inch incision
  • Generally no unnecessary cutting or tearing of surrounding muscles or ligaments

We understand living with your pain and symptoms ruins your quality of life, and choosing the right surgical option can be confusing and difficult. At Laser Spine Institute we are committed to helping you make the best choice for your lifestyle, which is why we offer a review of your most recent MRI or CT scan. Contact us today for a second opinion. You deserve your quality of life; do not wait for relief.