Tired of suffering through chronic low back pain? If you’ve tried everything from physical therapy to prescription muscle relaxers with no relief, the Advanced Pain Management team may have the right treatment for you. At their office in Santa Clarita and Lancaster, California, Narinder Grewal, MD, the team recommend percutaneous endoscopic laser discectomy (LASE) to target and eliminate your low back pain. For more information, call Advanced Pain Management or schedule an appointment online.
LASE is a minimally invasive treatment designed to relieve the symptoms of prolapsed intervertebral disc, commonly known as a slipped disc.
It’s a percutaneous procedure, which literally means “through the skin.” The goal of the procedure is to minimize the size of your herniated disc, through laser ablation — or chipping away at the disc with laser energy.
LASE primarily treats herniated discs. These discs are small rubbery cushions that sit between the vertebrae in your spine. They can slip or become herniated when the soft material begins to push out.
A herniated disc can lead to nerve irritation, back pain, or numbness in the arms and legs when left untreated. While a herniated disc can happen to anybody, some factors that put you at risk include:
Excess weight puts extra pressure on your back, which can cause a slipped disc.
You are more likely to have a slipped disc if one or more of your relatives has also experienced chronic back problems.
Physically demanding jobs that require constant standing, bending, and heavy lifting put you at risk of a herniated disc.
The discs between your vertebrae can weaken or dry out as you age.
During a minimally invasive LASE procedure, your doctor’s goal is to remove pressure from your spinal cord by removing part of the damaged disc.
Unlike an open lumbar discectomy, your bone and muscle are not affected by the treatment. The team uses fluoroscopy (multiple X-ray images) to provide guidance throughout the procedure.
Next, they insert a small tube through the skin on your back, between the vertebrae into the targeted disc. The team then uses laser technology to remove part of the damaged disc.
Because the team only makes a small incision in your back, you can go home shortly after your visit. Make sure you have a trusted friend or relative to take you home.
While most patients can return to their normal activities, including work, within a week after a LASE treatment, the Advanced Pain Management team may recommend physical therapy to help strengthen your back.
For more information and to learn if LASE is right for you, call the office or schedule an appointment online.