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Laser discectomy PLDD

A discectomy involves the cutting away or removal of discs anywhere along the spine. The procedure can be a solution to any painful condition that causes the discs to bulge or protrude.

Our preferred method for performing a discectomy at the London spine unit is through the use of a laser. We have been harnessing the latest advancements in medical technology to carry out Laser Discectomies for many years because it poses less risk to sensitive surrounding tissues, blood vessels and nerves. As such, the procedure offers a greater chance of a successful outcome for the thousands of patients who visit our specialist back unit every year.

As a surgical treatment, Laser Discectomy offers great flexibility too. Whether the problem exists in the larger areas of the lower or mid back or the more restricted and sensitive area of neck, where it is common for the whole disc to be removed and replaced with an artificial substitute, lasers help our surgeons to quickly target and eliminate the core of the problem.

How Laser Discectomy helps

During a Laser Discectomy a thin capillary optical fibre is inserted into the spine. A fine needle is threaded through this and then a laser probe through the needle. The whole procedure is done under x-ray guidance to ensure the exact disc material is vaporised. The body can then more easily absorb these fragments, making the procedure simple and straightforward enough to be carried out under supervised sedation as a day case and without the risks associated with general anaesthesia. Overnight stay at our Harley Street Hospital following Laser Discectomy is rare.

Advantages of Laser Discectomy:

  1. Unlike surgery, it is minimally-invasive
  2. Post-operative pain is reduced
  3. Recovery is quicker
  4. Infections and other risks associated with surgery are reduced

Our spine unit offers the most comprehensive assessment for neck and back pain you can find anywhere in the world. With a world-class equipped facility, and an equally outstanding medical team of doctors, nurses and therapists, we have a reputation for making the most accurate diagnosis of any condition affecting the spine and then to offer the least invasive treatment possible.

Our approach to treatment is always conservative first, in which case we will recommend a combination of medication and therapies such as osteopathy or physiotherapy to help improve symptoms while the body naturally recovers. Laser Discectomy, being friendlier to the body than conventional discectomy, would be our next port of call should any conservative treatment fail to bring improvements in a patient’s condition.

We are always striving to ensure we provide our patients with the best diagnosis, treatment and care possible, pre-, post and peri-op.

Specialist Doctors

Consultant Spinal Surgeon

Specialist in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery and Medical Director of The Spine Unit

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  • medsec@londonspine.com
Consultant Spinal Surgeon

Specialist in Spinal Surgery and previously worked as a consultant in Norway

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  • medsec@londonspine.com
Consultant Spinal Surgeon
Specialist in Neurological disorders affecting the spine. Treats spinal cord problems.
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  • medsec@londonspine.com
Consultant Spinal Surgeon

Specialist in  Spinal Surgery

  • +44-844-589-2020
  • medsec@londonspine.com
Consultant Spinal Surgeon

Specialist in Spinal Deformity Surgery.

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  • medsec@londonspine.com
Consultant Spinal Anaesthetist

Specialist in Anaesthesia for Spinal Surgery.

  • +44-844-589-2020
  • medsec@londonspine.com

What our patients say ...

Treatments

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

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Laser Disc Surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic as a day case at our centre on the prestigious Harley Street.
What is London spine unit and How it Works

The London Spine Unit was established in 2005 and has successfully treated over 5000 patients. All conditions are treated.

treatment of all spinal disorders

The London Spine Unit specialises in Minimally Invasive Treatments allowing rapid recovery and return to normal function

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The London Spine Unit provides the highest quality care to all patients and has VIP services for those seeking exceptional services

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Incidence, risk factors and classification of proximal junctional kyphosis: surgical outcomes review of adult idiopathic scoliosis.
Incidence, risk factors and classification of proximal junctional kyphosis: surgical outcomes review of adult idiopathic scoliosis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976).
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Results of surgical treatment of adult idiopathic scoliosis with low back pain and spinal stenosis: a study of long-term clinical
Results of surgical treatment of adult idiopathic scoliosis with low back pain and spinal stenosis: a study of long-term clinical
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Adult lumbar scoliosis: underreported on lumbar MR scans.
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Dangerous curves: treating adult idiopathic scoliosis.
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