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    An_189736 posted:
    will be going next week to have laser surgery done on my neck. I am hoping this will help and be the end of my neck pain. Anyone out there had this purcedure done yet? Tell me about it. thank you.
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    cweinbl responded:
    Laser surgery for degenerative disc disease (a.k.a. spinal stenosis, herniated disc, etc.) is completely unfounded and lacks any serious credential. I urge you to obtain second opinions by at least two SPINE surgeons. A spine surgeon is an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon who has completed a fellowship in spine surgery (at least 2-4 years AFTER an internship or residency).

    After four failed spine surgeries, I've learned a great deal about fraud in spine surgery. Be careful and never fall for doctors who describe "non-invasive surgery" and "fast recovery." Take my word for it. Spine surgery is at best 50% successful for pain (it's about 80% successful for improved function). Most people fall into surgery for pain relief. In reality, it's at best a crap shoot. Questions? Contact me at csw2@bex.net .

    Want some research for spine interventions? Here it is:http://www.painphysicianjournal.com/2009/july/2009;12;699-802.pdf. Beware of anyone promising "laser treatment" or "laser surgery" for spinal stenosis. It is not what they claim it to be.


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