Today, a hot topic in spine surgery is the use of laser for the treatment of back pain and leg pain. The Internet lists multiple websites dedicated to the use of lasers in the treatment of certain spinal disorders. It is our belief, Keystone Spine & Pain Management, that laser spine surgery is a completely unproven technology. To date, there is no research supporting the alleged benefits of laser spine surgery.
New technology can be very dangerous for a patient. You don’t want to “try” a new procedure. You need procedures that have stood the test of time and have many years of research behind them. The doctors at Keystone Spine & Pain Management are dedicated to the treatment of spinal disorders. Our doctors are fellowship-trained in spinal surgery and only choose the most appropriate treatments. We do not feel that laser surgery will help you with your diagnosis in any way. In fact, many patients present to Keystone Spine & Pain Management for treatment after undergoing unsuccessful treatment at one of the many laser spine institutes around the country.
Furthermore, most of the laser spine surgery centers do not accept insurance. They have very high-tech facilities, but 100% of the cost is born by you. Most are cash-only businesses.
The spinal surgery techniques that we employ at Keystone Spine & Pain Management are the same surgical techniques that are performed at the laser spine surgery centers around the country. However, we do not add lasers and, in most cases, we accept insurance.
Our preoperative and postoperative pain protocols allow patients to be discharged from the hospital soon after their procedures; and if you chose Keystone Spine & Pain Management, your surgery may be performed at the Surgical Institute of Reading. This is a physician-owned hospital where all of the rooms are private. Furthermore, the Surgical Institute of Reading maintains the highest standards by being accredited by the Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation, which is the highest honor among hospitals. A doctor is in-house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any postoperative surgical problems that may arise. Many of the laser spine centers put you up in a hotel overnight with a nurse. There is no doctor on staff to take care of you at laser spine centers.
If you are thinking about laser spine surgery, we urge you to contact our staff to set up a consultation with one of our physicians to learn the truth about laser spine surgery.