Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery vs. Laser Spine Surgery

Both minimally invasive spine surgery and laser spine surgery are offered at The Spine Institute. Dr. Marc A. Cohen is often called a “super specialist” when it comes to using the latest techniques for conducting surgical procedures on the spine. He has done numerous spine surgeries throughout his career. In fact, he has performed over 1,000 laser procedures over the past two decades. Dr. Cohen uses both minimally invasive surgical procedures and laser techniques to achieve the best results possible.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery has a very simple goal: to minimize the damage the surgery creates on tissues that surround the spine. By minimizing this damage, minimally invasive techniques can result in reduced blood loss, less time spent in recovery, and even reduced pain after the surgery. One way in which these results can be achieved is by using an endoscope or microscope to perform the surgery through a much smaller incision than would otherwise be necessary in a traditional spine surgery. Typically, two small incisions are made: one for inserting the endoscope, and the other for inserting the doctor’s surgical instruments.

Laser Spine Surgery

Most patients don’t realize that laser spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery are not mutually exclusive. In fact, lasers are commonly used along with minimally invasive techniques as part of the overall procedure. A laser is used to augment the minimally invasive procedure by being able to make small, precise cuts (as opposed to using a scalpel). However, it’s important to note that just because some cuts may be made using a laser, a scalpel will likely still be used for some incisions. Actually, compared to the procedure as a whole, the laser only plays a small, but effective, role.

If you are interested in learning more about how minimally invasive surgical techniques and laser spine surgery can help you, contact The Spine Institute today by calling 973-538-4444.