Lase™ Minimally Invasive Discectomy
The Lase™ procedure is performed using a small needle and a catheter with a laser probe. Using low dose x-ray, the catheter is placed inside the broken disc.
Once the probe is inserted, the laser vaporizes the broken parts of the disc. The broken parts are then washed away.
What is a Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy?
Discectomies were first described by Mixter and Barr in 1934 (see
footnote 1) and are effective in relieving leg pain in up to 90% of cases.
Minimally invasive discectomy surgery is new and revolutionary. A variety of
techniques have been introduced since the 1970’s. The use of lasers to remove
broken parts of a disc has dramatically enhanced the success of the procedure.
In select patients, a broken disc can now be removed without any incision. This
new procedure can be done without hospitalization.
What are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Discectomy?
See Footnote 2
Materials and Methods: Forty spinal surgeons at 19 centers of
minimally invasive spinal surgery around the world were contacted, and the
statistics for 26,860 operations were analyzed.
Results: The incidence of serious surgical complication was less than
1% in each individual series. The rate of recorded re-operation was less than
1%. Patient satisfaction was over 90%.
Conclusion: Percutaneous endoscopic discectomy is a good alternative
to open surgery for disc disease.
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