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IntelliSpineSM (Cervical)

IntelliSpine Cervical Laser Procedure

In this outpatient procedure, the physician accesses the spine through a hollow needle and uses a laser to shrink the bulging/herniated disc material or scar tissue impinging on a spinal nerve. No incisions are made, and recovery is very quick compared to traditional, open surgery.

Benefits of IntelliSpineSM (Cervical)

The goal of the IntelliSpine Cervical Laser Procedure is to reduce symptoms in the neck–and pain radiating from these areas into the shoulders, head, arms, or fingers–by relieving pressure on the nerves in the spinal canal. This minimally invasive procedure may be performed to reduce bulging or herniated disc material or scar tissue using a small laser, inserted through a hollow needle. Compared to traditional approaches, the IntelliSpine Procedure creates considerably less surgical trauma, less bone and tissue damage, and results in fewer complications and a reduced recovery period. In addition, avoiding overnight hospital stays can also mean a lower out of pocket cost for the patient. Note: we do see patients whose previous spine surgeries are no longer providing them the relief they need.

To determine if you are a candidate for the IntelliSpine Cervical Laser Procedure, contact one of our Patient Care Managers at 877.474.2225. If you have already seen a physician, send us a copy of your recent MRI or CT for review using the button below.

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Details of the IntelliSpineSM (Cervical)

The IntelliSpine Cervical Laser Procedure utilizes the anterior approach. Using live x-ray for guidance, a hollow needle is inserted into the affected disc from the front of the neck. No incisions are made. Dye is injected into the disc space which allows the physician to see the extent of disc degeneration as well as any tears in the disc. A laser is inserted through the needle and fired intermittently to reduce the herniated disc tissue and seal tears in the disc, decompressing the nerve.

Preparing for the IntelliSpineSM (Cervical)

Before pursuing the IntelliSpine Laser Procedure, prospective patients should have tried conservative methods, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and spinal injections. If those methods have not produced meaningful relief, you may be a candidate for a North American Spine procedure.

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IntelliSpineSM (Cervical) Recovery

This procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis, and the recovery period is typically much shorter than open spine surgery. While any surgery requires time to heal, many patients report relief within the first few days and are able to return to light activities as well. More in-depth, customized recovery guidelines will be provided by your North American Spine physician.

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Annette B.

Condition: Herniated Disc

Procedure: IntelliSpineSM (Cervical)

Hometown: Arkansas

“Thank you North American Spine!”

"Chronic neck pain was intense effecting sleep, normal activities, and work."

"Pain free! It took about three months for all the pain to completely disappear and it did so gradually. I am now able to do all the things I could not do before the procedure."

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Some of our former patients have been kind enough to offer to speak with back and neck pain sufferers who are looking into treatment options. We encourage you to take them up on it! After we determine a treatment plan, we’ll connect you with a past patient who had a similar condition and procedure.

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