Laser spine surgery
Twin Cities Spine Center is increasingly asked about laser spine surgery. This is likely because of the heavy advertising undertaken by some out-of-state practices that perform it.
Why we don't offer laser spine surgery
Due to the lack of high-quality studies regarding the application of laser technologies in spine surgery, Twin Cities Spine Center surgeons do not endorse or offer laser spine surgery as an alternative to other advanced minimally invasive spine surgeries or conventional spine surgery. While the high-quality hospitals we work with do have laser instruments available, Twin Cities Spine Center surgeons' decision not to use them for spine procedures at this time aligns with the North American Spine Society (NASS)* noncoverage policy for laser spine surgery. Released in December 2014, the policy states:
"Laser spine surgery in the cervical or lumbar spine is NOT indicated at this time. Due to lack of high-quality clinical trials concerning laser spine surgery with the cervical or lumbar spine, it cannot be endorsed as an adjunct to open, minimally invasive or percutaneous surgical techniques."
Minimally invasive spine surgery without lasers
Twin Cities Spine Center does offer various minimally invasive spine surgery approaches which do not utilize lasers and are accepted and approved for payment by most major insurance carriers.
*NASS is a global medical society that utilizes education, research and advocacy to foster the highest-quality, ethical, and value- and evidence-based spine care for patients.