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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 Thoracic IntelliSpine?

Thoracic IntelliSpine is a procedure that reduces symptoms in the upper to mid back by relieving pressure on the nerves.

Thoracic 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 Thoracic 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 Thoracic Procedure

The goal of the IntelliSpine Thoracic Laser Procedure is to reduce symptoms in the upper to mid back by relieving pressure on the nerves in the spinal canal. 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 Thoracic Procedure

The IntelliSpine Thoracic Laser Procedure utilizes the posterolateral approach. During 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 IntelliSpine Thoracic Procedure


Before pursuing an 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.

Thoracic 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 immediate pain relief and are able to return to light activities the following day. More in-depth, customized recovery guidelines will be provided by your North American Spine physician.


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