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Dallas Spine Surgeons Give a Few Words of Caution to Laser Spine Surgery

The expert trained Dallas spine surgeons are hoping to shed a little light on a newly marketed spine surgery procedure, Laser Spine Surgery


Dallas, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/24/2015 -- The expert trained Dallas spine surgeons are hoping to shed a little light on a newly marketed spine surgery procedure, Laser Spine Surgery. While laser procedures definitely have their place in other fields of medicine such as vision correction, it has not proven itself to be a substantial advancement in the setting of spine surgery. The Dallas spine surgeons at Spine Physicians Institute advises all of its patients throughout their DFW offices to take caution when it comes to this new "advanced" procedure.

Spine Physicians Institute's founder, Mayo Clinic Trained Spine Surgeon, Dr. Venkat Sethuraman elaborated on one of the methods utilized in Laser Spine Surgery "Those who are out there aggressively marketing the use of the laser in spine surgery describe it being performed through incisions that are 10 mm or less. There are primarily two laser procedures that are being marketed to the consumer. In one method, through either a needle or small incision the disc is accessed and then burned with a laser. The other utilizes a fiber optic endoscope that enters the spinal canal through the sacrum to give access to the disc that is then burned with the laser. We inform all of our patients that there are risks with both of these approaches, first, the surgeons are less capable of being able to visualize and directly decompress a compressed nerve. Furthermore, some of the complications that can arise with spine surgery such as cerebrospinal leaks and excessing bleeding become much more difficult to handle. We have also found that there is substantial literature that demonstrates a higher failure rate as well as greater risk of complication."

Dr. Sethuraman also goes on to state that "I would personally never recommend a procedure to a patient that I would not personally undergo and would never consider laser spine surgery as an option."

About the Dallas Spine Surgery Team at Spine Physicians Institute
The Spine Physicians Institute treats a full range of spine problems throughout Dallas, Plano, Red Oak, Irving, Frisco, Southlake, Cedar Hill and around the DFW Metroplex their Mayo Fellowship trained board-certified spine surgeon, Dr. Venkat Sethuraman, keeps current on the newest advances in spinal care including minimally invasive spine surgery and disc replacement procedures. Dr. Sethuraman and the staff at The Spine Physicians Institute are committed to making your treatment as easy on you as possible. Most of the services you will need are handled on-site at one of our conveniently located facilities in Dallas, Red Oak, Plano or Irving with access to the most sophisticated technology to provide you with the best care available. We care for patients within the local geographic area, throughout the state of Texas and from multiple other states, and also serve patients from outside of the United States.