Do you have spine pain, but find the prospect of having surgery daunting? Fortunately, laser spine surgery can be a much less invasive option for many back patients who want to ease spine pain.
What should you look for in a good laser spine doctor?
- He or she has had proper laser technology training
The laser has been approved since the 1980s in orthopedics. Today, Medicare has approved it to treat lumbar disc pain in an outpatient setting. Your doctor should have had had proper training in using laser for approved procedures in relieving back pain.
- He or she has the proper background and training for back pain relief
The best laser spine doctor will have significant experience in using laser for treatment of conditions like arthritis, pinched nerves, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis. One such doctor is Dr. Sukdeb Datta, MD, DABPM, FIPP, DABIPP, Medical Director of the Laser Spine & Pain Institute in New York, New York. Before becoming Director of the Laser Spine & Pain Institute, he was the Director of the Interventional Pain Management Program at Vanderbilt University, and has held numerous other positions in the pain management field. His background and training in the use of technology to treat back pain makes him an excellent laser spine doctor in his field. Even though you may not use Dr. Datta’s services if you do not reside in the New York area, your own laser spine doctor should have similar training and background in the use of this technology.
- He or she is board certified and has trained in a fellowship for spinal surgery
Although the laser is considered less invasive than most other types of surgery in that many treatments can be done in office with no need for a hospital stay, it’s still surgery. Make sure your doctor is board certified and has trained in a fellowship for spinal surgery.
- He or she comes highly recommended