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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.


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What is a Cervical IntelliSpine?

Cervical IntelliSpine is a procedure that uses a laser to shrink the bulging or herniated disc material or scar tissue impinging on a spinal nerve.

Cervical IntelliSpine Procedure Essentials

Patient Satisfaction. Very High
Does It Require an Overnight Stay? Typically no
Incision Size. 2-5 mm
Recovery Details. Walking right after surgery, back to work or play within days, complete recovery in max of 6 weeks

Physicians Who Perform Cervical IntelliSpine

North American Spine partner physicians are board-certified, minimally invasive specialists in IntelliSpine and other related procedures. They are among the best in the field, and many have served as teachers of the next generation of minimally invasive specialists.


Unlike at most practices, North American Spine partner physicians may collaborate on a complex procedure to ensure that all the required skill and knowledge is brought to the case. But perhaps the most telling fact of all is this: 97% of patients say they would recommend their doctor to a friend.



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Benefits of IntelliSpine Cervical Procedure

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.


Details of the IntelliSpine Cervical Procedure

The IntelliSpine Cervical Laser Procedure utilizes the anterior approach. No incisions are made. A laser is inserted through a needle and fired intermittently to reduce the herniated disc tissue and seal tears in the disc, decompressing the nerve.

Preparing for the IntelliSpine Cervical Procedure


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.

 Cervical IntelliSpine 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.


To determine if you are a candidate for a Cervical IntelliSpine procedure, contact us anytime at 855.681.7480 or submit a form on this page.