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IntelliSpineSM (Lumbar)

IntelliSpine Lumbar Laser Procedure

In this outpatient procedure, the physician accesses the spine through tiny incisions (5 millimeters or less) in the lower back and uses an HD camera and laser to visualize the lumbar spine and reduce the bulging/herniated disc material or scar tissue impinging on a spinal nerve. Recovery is very quick compared to traditional, open surgery.

Benefits of IntelliSpineSM (Lumbar)

What the IntelliSpine (Lumbar) Treats

Benefits of IntelliSpine (Lumbar)

  • Medical Innovators: North American Spine pioneered this exclusive laser procedure
  • Treats Multiple Levels: Through direct visualization, doctors are able to see and treat multiple problem areas with more accuracy during one procedure
  • Minimally Invasive: Incisions are typically only 3 millimeters
  • Relief: By relieving pressure on the nerve, symptoms are significantly relieved after surgery, with continual gradual relief over time
  • Outpatient: Performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing for faster recovery and lower costs than traditional surgery
  • Lower Infection Rate: North American Spine facilities focus specifically on minimally invasive surgery, not on illness and infection. With an infection rate that is less than 1%, your risk of developing an infection or an illness is far lower than it would be at a large hospital
  • Best Outcomes: 95% of our patients would recommend their physician

The goal of the IntelliSpine Laser Procedure is to reduce symptoms in the lower back and/or legs by relieving pressure on the nerves in the spinal canal. Compared to traditional approaches, the IntelliSpine Laser 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.

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Details of the IntelliSpineSM (Lumbar)

The IntelliSpine Lumbar Laser Procedure is exclusive to North American Spine. A unique benefit to this procedure is that the physician is able to actually visualize the lumbar spine in real time, treating multiple levels at once. One or a combination of the following approaches may be performed on the lumbar spine:

The sacral approach is used in the lumbar spine (lower back) only. A single, 3 to 5 mm incision is made above the natural opening of the spine at the base of the sacrum. A steerable catheter is inserted through the sacrum allowing an endoscopic camera and other instruments to be guided through the spinal canal. The physician then injects dye into the epidural space to help identify the exact size and magnitude of disc bulges, herniations, or tears. Along with direct visualization, this allows the physician to treat the issue with much more accuracy than traditional procedures. The laser is fired intermittently to reduce the herniated disc tissue and seal tears in the disc, decompressing the nerve.

The posterolateral approach is used in the lumbar spine (lower back) and thoracic spine (upper back). In this procedure, the physician gains access to the problem disc through either the left or right side of the back, through a hollow needle—no incisions are made. This access allows for more complete decompression of the discs and is often used for more central protrusions and annular tears. Dye is injected into the disc space, and allows the physician to see the extent of disc degeneration as well as any tears in the disc. Minimally invasive instruments such as a laser or small graspers are used to reduce the herniated disc tissue and seal tears in the disc, thus decompressing the nerve.

Preparing for the IntelliSpineSM (Lumbar)

Before pursuing the IntelliSpine 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 (Lumbar) 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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IntelliSpineSM (Lumbar) Testimonial

Connie M.

Condition: Pinched Nerve

Procedure: IntelliSpineSM (Lumbar)

“I think vacations will be fun again!”

“I had two lumbar, two thoracic and one IntelliSpine℠ Cervical Laser Procedure. From the very first surgery I could sleep all night!”

“I spent many years trying everything from chiropractic and massage (alternating each every other week for at least 15+ years) and several rounds of physical therapy; to multiple level spinal injections (only lasting about 2 ½ weeks) and had three rhizotomys (that had stopped helping). I couldn’t walk much more than 2 blocks before having back, hip, and leg pain lasting for hours… I was on a mission to find other possible answers and/or options… I finally found North American Spine…I was on top of the world again. I had my life back!!!”

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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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