Q: Am I still a candidate for Laser Spine Institute’s procedures if I have had previous open spine surgery?

A: You could be a candidate for one of Laser Spine Institute’s procedures if you have had a previous open or traditional spine surgery. A patient’s candidacy is dependent on the prior surgery, pathology and symptoms. Many patients report painful or irritating symptoms after open spine procedures often caused by implanted hardware or a fusion. It is common for traditional spine surgeons to suggest fusing bone and inserting hardware in the spine to relieve back or neck pain. Open spine surgery can create a large amount of scar tissue, nerve impingement and general discomfort. Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures can be performed to help alleviate pain from a previous open surgery.

Q: How do I find out if I am a candidate for one of Laser Spine Institute’s procedures?

A: The first step in determining surgical candidacy at Laser Spine Institute is an MRI or CT scan review*. This process entails a detailed analysis of a patient’s images, after which, our board certified physicians correlate the findings with the patient’s reported symptoms. Please call 1-866-620-1970 to learn more.

Q: What are my limitations after laser spine surgery and how long will I be out of work?

A: The road to recovery is different for every patient, from the level of pain after surgery, to the time it takes to get back to daily activities. Depending on your job description and individual recovery, we recommend you take at least two weeks off work after your surgery. Some patients may need six to 12 weeks.