Laser Spinal Disc Surgery Experts

Lasers have been used in surgery for many years with varying degrees of success. At the London Spine Unit, we use the latest development in medical laser technology, where a focal concentration of laser energy to target and vaporise protruding or bulging disc material without any danger of damaging surrounding vital structures like nerves or blood vessels.
The laser can be transmitted through thin, flexible capillary optical fibre, which means we can thread the laser probe through a needle into the spine under X-ray guidance. As such laser discectomy can be performed under supervised sedation as a day case; without the risks of general anaesthesia.

Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression PLDD (Laser Spine Surgery)

Unlike conventional open discectomy, the pinpoint accuracy also means only the offending disc fragment is vaporised by the laser, leaving the surrounding healthy disc tissue unharmed. This is especially useful in the neck where often the only surgical option is to remove the whole disc, necessitating the use of an artificial disc substitute.

At The London Spine Unit, we have performed over 500 Laser Disc Surgeries. Our experts specialise in this technique and will let you know if your case is suitable for this technique.

In the lumbar region pain reduction has been observed in 60-89% of patients operated by PLDD

Laser Disc Surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic as a day case at our centre on the prestigious Harley Street.

This surgical technique consists of a percutaneous approach for the treatment of small to medium size hernias of the intervertebral disc by laser energy. The main objective is to reduce the intradiscal pressure in the nucleus pulposus.