Advanced procedures

Perfecting the art

While open back surgery was once the only way to relieve pain in the spine, the times and techniques used to provide relief have dramatically changed.

Today, you don’t need to endure the typical 8-inch incisions that come with traditional open back surgery. Or the extended hospital stays. Long recovery times and skyrocketing costs have given way to a new era of care. And that’s where we come in. Laser Spine Institute specializes in minimally invasive techniques with maximum results. Our surgical methods use small incisions that preserve the muscle and lead to faster recovery times than open back surgery.^


Proven technology

While some Laser Spine Institute complaints may exist online, and you may have come across unfounded assertions about a Laser Spine Institute lawsuit or allegations of Laser Spine Institute malpractice, here’s what you should know — our technology is proven effective.

  • Our peers — other doctors — deem our surgical techniques to be a safer and effective alternative to open neck or back surgeries.^ More importantly, our patients tell us that they’re satisfied with their surgeries. In fact, we have a patient satisfaction score of 96.^
  • One of the big reasons for the notable nods of endorsement is our muscle-sparing techniques and reduced recovery times. We use state-of-the-art medical devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • These advanced devices help our surgeons see your spine in such a way that better enables them to operate the instruments with precision. With improved anesthesia and state-of-the-art technology like 3-D printers and software, we develop customized surgical instruments to achieve optimal personal results for you and your loved ones.

Laser Spine Institute’s disciplined approach is practiced in all of our surgery centers, resulting in the highest level of patient care. You can see this demonstrated in the accreditation provided to us by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).


Minimally invasive vs. traditional open back surgery

Surgeons who practice traditional open neck or back methods make long incisions — typically 8 inches — right into your muscle. This often leads to longer recovery times, expensive hospital stays and increased chances of infection, compared to our minimally invasive techniques.

  • Laser Spine Institute specializes in a less invasive approach, meaning, we make smaller incisions — typically less than 1-inch long. And we don’t cut what we don’t need to.
  • Instead, our highly trained surgeons use a series of small dilating tubes that help us gain access to where you hurt.
  • This minimally invasive technique prevents your muscle from being unnecessarily cut or torn. That leads to less scar tissue, less blood loss and less healing time. It means 88 percent of patients are back to their daily activities within three months.^

Think of neck and back procedures in two broad categories — decompression and stabilization.

decompression is when we relieve pressure because some part of the spine, like a nerve, is being pinched. When it comes to stabilization, these procedures are used when the spine is unstable and needs more support through an implant or bone graft.

We approach both categories of procedures in the very same way — through state-of-the-art techniques that are minimally invasive and decrease recovery time. Laser Spine Institute’s reviews by peers and patients show the importance of the kind of care we’re known for.


Medical innovators and trailblazers

In-depth training. Years of experience. Medical certifications. To work at Laser Spine Institute, we require our surgeons have all three. In addition to being board certified, our surgeons must also undergo additional training that’s unique to our minimally invasive procedures.

While our surgeons display highly specialized skills — some are orthopedic spine surgeons, others, neurosurgeons — all of them share the passion of helping patients achieve the most important goal of getting their lives back.

Take Dr. Michael Weiss, our Chairman, Department of Surgery, for instance.

He knew he wanted to become a doctor when he was in high school, where he was active in sports. Trips to the orthopedic doctor’s office as a teenager helped drive him toward his life’s passion for helping others. His medical philosophy has been to see all that affects a patient, not merely a dissertation of diseases, their symptoms and their diagnoses — which fits with how we approach patient care.

Dr. Weiss first used a laser in the 1990s when he was a surgeon at a hospital in South Florida, demonstrating the unique advances possible with the instrument. By 2005, he joined us with a vision of advancing science and advancing medicine for patients like you.

With a passion for helping people and an unwavering commitment to developing and mastering the latest technology, Dr. Weiss and our surgical team infuse ingenuity and expertise into every Laser Spine Institute interaction. It’s a level of expertise we’re proud to say we’ve cultivated, and one that helps us attract and retain some of the top talent in the medical field.