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Laser Disc Decompression is a minimally invasive procedure that treats many painful Lumbar or Cervical Disc Herniation which causes radiating pain in hand and leg. It does not require to opened up the spinal canal through major surgery; it is done through small incisions (< 1 inch) made in the spine. That’s why blood loss is also minimal. Laser spine surgery is an endoscopic procedure that has replaced conventional methods of spine fusion surgeries. By the help of laser light beams, surgeons are able to remove bone spurs and other problems like herniated disc.
What are Benefits of Laser Spine Surgery?
A wide range of spinal conditions, laser spine surgery also involves a much lower risk than conventional open back surgery. If you have pain for months or years and not getting any relief through massage, acupuncture, or chiropractor visits, laser spine surgery is a quick, effective outpatient procedure with little risk and fast recovery times. Many patients feel immediate relief and recuperate from their laser surgery in as little as two weeks. Laser surgery is a less invasive process than traditional back surgery, and is often performed on an outpatient basis, whereas traditional back surgery requires the application of a general anesthetic. This means that the risk of complications from the use of anesthetic is markedly decreased. You can experience a reduced recovery time with less pain after the surgery itself, improving your overall quality of life surrounding the procedure itself. You should also stop taking aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications 10-14 days before surgery because they can thin your blood and make bleeding more likely.
What is Recovery time after Laser Spine Surgery?
After your surgery you will be informed the guidelines about the postoperative care. Physical therapy is one of the most important parts of your recovery from back surgery. You need to slowly build your core muscles up so they can provide stability to your spine. Depending on the extent of the procedure your therapy may be a short stint, or a long affair. Always stay positive and be reassured that it will get easier.
What are Laser Spine Surgery Risks?
As with any surgery, laser spine surgery runs the risks of infection at the site of the incision as well as in the disc (discitis). It is claimed that the risks are reduced compared to open back procedure because the incision is much smaller.
What are Alternatives to Laser Spine Surgery?
Alternative to laser spine surgery is open surgery. This is considered to more invasive and results in excess blood loss. And recovery period is much longer than that in Laser spine surgery
Why prefer India for Laser Spine Surgery?
Healthcare tourism in India is gaining importance and India remains in the world’s top five medical tourism destinations for medical tourists. India has become a centre of medical excellence due to the important following factors:

1) Healthcare in India excels in treatments relating to cardiothoracic surgery, joint replacement, transplants, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, urology and Pain Clinic.
2) Indian medical institutes offer services ranging from general medicine & surgery for many diseases and complications.
3) English is widely spoken in India and most physicians and nurses speak English in India.
4) The medical expenses in western countries are too high for a common man. The Indian medical centers are welcoming the people with their international quality standards comparatively with low cost.
What is Cost of Laser Spine Surgery in India?
The cost of Laser spine surgery in countries like USA and UK is very expensive whereas in India, it is less than half the cost and the patient gets the best possible treatment available. Significantly low cost of laser spine surgery in India is one of the main reasons why this destination is growing popular. The cost difference in India and other countries is as mentioned in the table:
How many International patients came to India for Laser Spine Surgery?
Name of TOP 15 countries from where the Laser Spine Surgery Patients are coming to India are given below. The major reason of large number of patients travelling to India for medical treatment from these countries is because of availability of quality healthcare in India, affordable prices and very good air connectivity, tourism options and many more reasons.

Here are the approximate percentage wise distributions of the patients coming from Top 10 countries to India in 2017 for Laser Spine Surgery.

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