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New Laser Spine Institute Research Proves Efficacy of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Study confirms that patients have a shorter recovery time, less blood loss and a reduction in pain level; smaller incision can reduce need for additional surgery

January 18, 2017 (TAMPA, Fla.) – A new research analysis released recently by Laser Spine Institute, the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, cites surgical outcomes, proclivity to return to work and self-reported pain levels of patients who underwent outpatient minimally invasive spine surgery laminotomy foraminotomy decompression (LFD). The report, titled Advantages of Minimally Invasive Decompression Through Laminotomy and Foraminotomy, evaluated 500 Laser Spine Institute patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis over a two-year period.

“Our analysis of minimally invasive spine surgery laminotomy and foraminotomy procedures provides evidence that our patients encounter fewer complications, resulting in improved outcomes regardless of patient demographics,” said Reginald J. Davis, M.D., FACS, Director of Clinical Research, Laser Spine Institute. “This is among the largest outpatient outcome studies of its kind, and it proves that our minimally invasive procedures are an optimal solution for patients in need of relief from chronic back pain.”

According to the report, open back surgery has traditionally been the treatment of choice for lumbar stenosis, but this procedure can lead to spinal instability, which may require repeat surgeries. Because of the smaller incision and more direct technique, minimally invasive spine surgery reduces trauma to the muscle tissue and produces sufficient decompression to reduce levels of pain and disability. Additional key findings from the report show that when compared to procedures performed by other providers, Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive treatment of lumbar stenosis reflected shorter operative times, less blood loss, reduction in patient pain levels following surgery, as well as facilitating patients’ return to work faster.

The findings were recently presented by Chairman, Department of Surgery, Michael C. Weiss, D.O., FAOAO, at the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Annual Forum ’16, one of the premier conferences for the industry.

“I was excited to present evidence that our outpatient minimally invasive spine procedures result in fewer complications and improved patient outcomes,” Chairman Weiss said. “The Annual Forum is an important venue to share information and findings on minimally invasive surgery options as a more modern solution to providing relief for patients suffering from neck and back pain.”

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About Laser Spine Institute
Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Laser Spine Institute currently operates four regional surgery centers across the country, in Tampa, Florida; Scottsdale, Arizona; St. Louis and Cincinnati. Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from debilitating neck and back pain caused by spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, bone spurs, bulging/herniated discs, sciatica and other chronic conditions. Ninety-nine percent of patients say they would refer a friend or family member to have surgery at Laser Spine Institute. Additionally, Laser Spine Institute has been repeatedly recognized by Voyance Health as a National APEX Quality Award winner for outstanding patient satisfaction and reports an enterprise patient satisfaction score of 98.

Laser Spine Institute has been named a top employer by Modern Healthcare, Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Bay Business Journal.