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Minimally Invasive Laser Disc Surgery in West Palm Beach, FL

Minimally Invasive Laser Disc Surgery in West Palm Beach, FL

Charles S. Theofilos, MD is known around the world for his innovative conservative treatments for neurological conditions. Dr. Theofilos was the first in South Florida to perform this procedure. Minimally invasive laser disc surgery is just one of the ways that he provides optimum results with minimal downtime and unwanted complications to patients in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens, and all throughout South Florida.

What is Minimally Invasive Laser Disc Surgery?

Disc surgery, also known as discectomy, is a procedure that aims to repair a damaged or herniated disc of the spine. The discs act as cushions between the vertebrae, and a tear in the disc can lead to disc material protruding out and causing pressure on the surrounding nerves. Patients with disc abnormalities may experience no symptoms, mild symptoms or complete debilitation. Traditional surgical techniques for disc injuries involve opening the spine, stripping muscle off the bone and repairing the disc. This approach may have many downsides, such as extensive scar tissue development, blood loss, muscle damage, infection, further weakening of the spine and lengthy downtime. Patients may also be at increased risk for chronic back pain due to the invasive nature of the surgery. Minimally invasive laser disc surgery combines the benefits of reduced tissue trauma with advanced laser techniques.

What are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Laser Disc Surgery?

Using minimally invasive techniques for disc surgery translates into less tissue trauma, less blood loss, reduced infection rate, quicker recovery and less post operative pain. This has a direct influence on the amount of time needed for recuperation. Minimally invasive techniques also reduce the scar tissue that develops as the body heals. Laser technologies increase the precision of the procedure; thus, further reducing tissue trauma.

What Should I Expect from Minimally Invasive Laser Disc Surgery?

Dr. Theofilos performs minimally invasive laser disc surgery using a technique that is similar to an endoscopic procedure. A small incision is made in the skin and soft tissues to access the affected disc. A small tube is placed through the incision that allows a working channel without damaging surrounding muscles. Then, with a microscope, a CO2 laser is used to provide precise treatment of disc herniations.

After the procedure, most patients note immediate relief to their symptoms. The incision does not require sutures and is covered with a small bandage. We provide aftercare instructions, including any limitations to your activities, before you leave our office.

What Happens During a Consultation for Minimally Invasive Laser Disc Surgery?

After performing a comprehensive examination and discussing your symptoms, Dr. Theofilos may recommend additional diagnostic testing to provide an accurate diagnosis. If you have a damaged or ruptured disc, he may recommend minimally invasive laser disc surgery as the best treatment option. He will explain the anticipated results of the procedure, including the benefits of this approach compared to traditional disc surgery.

Herniated discs may cause debilitating back and leg pain. As an internationally renowned neurosurgeon, Charles S. Theofilos, MD, specializes in advanced treatments for ruptured discs and other spinal injuries. Contact The Spine Center today to schedule a personal consultation or complimentary MRI review with Dr. Theofilos. Our practice serves patients in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens and other neighboring communities.