Innovative medical technology at Laser Spine Institute
When most people think about lasers they imagine kids playing laser tag or think of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker taking on an epic battle in the Star Wars saga. So when it comes to pairing the idea of lasers with surgery, many questions naturally arise.
The laser is a surgical instrument and an important medical tool that plays a key role in Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive approach. It is in our name because it is a differentiator for the care that we provide, but we also use many traditional instruments.
Laser Spine Institute surgeons skillfully use lasers in many muscle-sparing surgeries, but lasers aren’t used in every surgery. Laser Spine Institute surgeons also use common surgical tools used by other surgeons for open-back procedures such as a rongeur, burr, endoscope and camera.
The uncertainty surrounding what we do stems from the fact that these procedures are not widely taught in residency programs. A certified physician must professionally train a surgeon in the specialty of minimally invasive spine surgery in order for that surgeon to master the technique. This means that not every surgeon has the opportunity or means to learn these highly specialized skills.
When Laser Spine Institute was founded in 2005, founders immediately saw the need to bring in new surgeons who were open minded to innovative medical technology and wanted to learn state-of-the-art procedures.
Laser Spine Institute surgeons are required to complete an extensive Laser Spine Institute fellowship program that trains surgeons on the organization’s proprietary procedures. As part of the required fellowship program, surgeons are able to get hands-on experience in a collaborative environment with a professional surgical mentor for three to six months, depending on their experience level. This way, patients receive the best care from surgeons who have dedicated their careers to mastering these techniques.