If you struggle with back, neck, or sciatica (nerve) pain, turn to The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care with offices in and around New York City, including Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan, as well as Englewood and Jersey City, New Jersey. Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS, and his expert team offer laser spine surgery to correct spinal problems and relieve ongoing pain. To learn more, call the office and consult with a friendly team member or book an appointment online today.
Laser spine surgery uses laser energy to remove or shrink targeted soft tissues, such as herniated discs or enlarged ligaments, that compress nerves and cause pain. Lasers can also remove spinal cord tumors and bone spurs. Laser spine surgery is highly effective and less invasive than many other types of spinal surgery.
Dr. Okubadejo and his team may recommend laser spine surgery if you experience back, neck, or leg pain due to a pinched nerve or other spinal problems.
Sciatica is a condition in which your sciatic nerve, a nerve that branches from your lower back through your hips, buttocks, and legs, gets pinched because of a bone spur, herniated disc, or spinal canal narrowing. It often causes shooting or burning pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness.
The main benefit of laser spine surgery is a reduction in severe or ongoing discomfort. Laser surgery is minimally invasive, which means Dr. Okubadejo can perform it in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia.
Additional benefits include:
If you struggle with spine pain, laser surgery can dramatically improve your quality of life.
To determine if you’re a candidate for laser spine surgery, Dr. Okubadejo discusses your symptoms and medical history. He completes a physical examination and may recommend undergoing blood tests, MRIs, X-rays, or other imaging procedures to find the root cause of spinal discomfort.
After numbing the treatment area and offering you a sedative, Dr. Okubadejo uses advanced laser technology to remove or shrink targeted tissues, decompress a pinched nerve, or alleviate pain. He uses imaging technology to guide the laser for optimal precision and accuracy.
The time it takes to recover after laser spine surgery varies. You can often go home the same day as the procedure, but you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you. Get plenty of rest, take medications as directed by Dr. Okubadejo, and avoid strenuous activity until he tells you it is okay. Attend follow-up visits so he can monitor your healing and pain level.
If you experience severe or ongoing pain and want relief, call The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care or book an appointment online today to find out if laser spine surgery is right for you.