Open spinal operations used to be the traditional method of surgically dealing with severe pain and problems such as the removal of bone spurs necessary to reduce back pain. Today, laser spine surgery is rapidly becoming the method of choice for dealing with a number of spinal issues. Laser surgery poses less risk from anesthesia than a patient encounters using traditional surgery and the superior nerve monitoring and navigation during surgery translates to better surgical management. Laser surgery ensures that the patient won’t have to endure large incisions that require extensive healing time. It also translates to shorter hospital stays. Laser surgery by nature carries a much lower risk for infection so the patient is less likely to suffer complications following the procedure.
A patient may be a good candidate for laser back surgery if they exhibit the following symptoms:
- Compressed nerves or sometimes called pinched nerves in the spine can cause intense pain and numbness located in your back and conditions such as slipped disks and bone spurs can lead to compressed nerves.
- Herniated disks are another reason why patients seek the comfort provided by laser back surgery. This is because they can experience sharp pains, weakness or numbness when a disk has slipped or ruptured due to an injury to the back. When a disk has slipped or suffered an injury through a condition called radiculopathy that happens when the disk has become inflamed and irritated, the best way to deal with the pain is to have back surgery because this is a very severe condition.
- Certain bone deformities and conditions including scoliosis and kyphosis humpback) can result in the spine slipping out of its original position causing extreme pain.
- Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal, which will then cause a constriction on the spinal cord and upon the spinal openings through which nerves travel.
- The simple act of aging can cause wear and tear on the back resulting in pain and disease such as degenerative disk disease that can be very painful.
Back, arm, and leg pain are the major symptom experienced when individuals seek laser back surgery is generally caused by either a disease or an injury. Injuries can be caused by outside events such as vehicle accidents or blunt trauma or they can be caused internally by the course of a disease, improper lifting or by a condition that weakens the bones resulting in injury when a person performs a normal movement.
Acquired conditions and diseases that contribute to back problems and pain are another common cause for a person to seek out relief by way of back surgery. Some of these conditions and diseases include arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and scoliosis.
Dr. Tony Mork
His performance of over 8,000 endoscopic back surgeries has earned him the distinction of being among the best Endoscopic Spine Surgery Specialist. In fact many of the current endoscopic spinal procedures have been developed with the aid of Dr. Mork. He and his staff use the latest technologies such as spinal mapping and spinal MRI to help diagnosis and design a treatment plan specific to each patients needs. Patients can expect only the best care, superior communications and the highest professional standards while under his care. His more than 30 years of experience and high success rate makes him a sought after laser surgeon. Patients are relieved to know that Dr. Tony Mork does all of his post-operative care personally.
Patients who undergo laser back surgery benefit in many ways including the fact that most surgeries are performed as an outpatient, which incurs less cost and stress on the patient. Laser surgeries do not require general anesthesia, which lowers the risk of complications. During the recovery period no expensive physical therapy is needed when the patient has laser instead of traditional surgery. The patient won’t have to deal with a large incision or scar because the incision that results from laser back surgery is only 1/4″ to 1″ in length.
If you are experiencing chronic back pain, contact Dr. Tony Mork to find out if you’re a good candidate for laser back surgery.