There are better alternatives to laser surgery involving minimally invasive surgery. Learn more about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.
Laser spine surgery is often referred to as a much more efficient technique when compared to traditional procedures. While laser spine surgery has better efficiency, the laser is actually used infrequently when looking at an overall spinal surgery. The biggest disadvantage to laser surgery involves the possibility of inconsistent or incorrect usage, resulting in nerve damage from heat transfer. While a scalpel may not be as accurate, there is no heat involved. Because of these risks – minimally invasive spine surgery is recommended where overall tissue damage is lower due to smaller incisions. Smaller incisions mean less pain and much faster recovery times for the patient.