Laser Spine Surgery

Sherwin Hua, MD

Neurosurgeon located in the Bay Area, California

Laser spine surgery could be a viable alternative to traditional surgical techniques for some patients, in the right hands. Board-certified neurosurgeon Sherwin Hua, MD, is a world-renowned pioneer in spine surgery and welcomes patients from throughout the Bay Area to his DimeSpine Neurosurgery practice, which has locations in Campbell, Hayward, San Francisco, and San Jose, California. Dr. Hua provides expert laser spine surgery for suitable patients, as well as advanced alternatives like minimally invasive microsurgery using his patented DimeSpine technique. Find out more by calling DimeSpine Neurosurgery today or requesting an appointment online.

Laser Spine Surgery Q & A

What is laser spine surgery?

Laser spine surgery is an alternative approach to operating on your spine that uses lasers rather than scalpels.

Lasers have been in use for spine surgery for roughly 40 years, and their use can be a valuable option for some patients who have specific conditions. Dr. Hua evaluates every patient’s case to see whether laser spine surgery is the most beneficial treatment option.

The laser works by focusing a beam of light energy in such a way that it burns or cauterizes targeted soft tissues. Dr. Hua only needs to make a tiny incision through which he can direct the laser beam, which means laser spine surgery is a minimally invasive option.

What conditions can laser spine surgery treat?

Several common back problems might respond to laser spine surgery, including:

  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bulging or herniated disc
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spinal stenosis

If you have back or neck pain, back pain that’s affecting your hips, buttocks, or legs, or any weakness or numbness in your arms or legs, these could be symptoms of conditions that might benefit from laser spine surgery.

What are the advantages of laser spine surgery?

Advantages of laser spine surgery include:

  • Reduced blood loss
  • Less anesthesia required
  • Reduction in radiation exposure
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Shorter stay in hospital
  • Faster recovery time
  • Smaller scars

As well as these advantages, there are a couple of limitations to using laser spine surgery.

Although lasers can remove soft tissues like disc herniations, they don’t affect bone, so lasers aren’t appropriate if you have bone spurs, for instance.

Also, lasers can only go in a straight line; they can’t bend or go around tissues. Microsurgical techniques can address these problems using minimally invasive approaches. Specialized instruments that pass down tubes inserted into small incisions enable Dr. Hua to remove bony overgrowth and access areas that require going around bends.

Dr. Hua developed and patented an approach to spine surgery that uses much smaller incisions than other methods. Using only one or two dime-sized incisions, Dr. Hua can perform a range of specialized surgeries that have all the advantages of laser spine surgery.

You can find out more about laser spine surgery and see if it’s an approach that could benefit you by making an appointment to see Dr. Hua. Call DimeSpine Neurosurgery today to request your consultation, or use the online booking tool.