Laser Spine Institute – The Leader in Endoscopic Spine Surgery
Laser Spine Institute was founded in 2005 by Drs. James St. Louis, Michael Perry, and Glenn Hamburg with the mission to provide a safe, effective alternative to open back and neck surgery. It has since grown from one surgical and consultation center in Tampa, Florida, to a nationwide presence, with state-of-the-art facilities located in Southern California, the Southwest, the Midwest, the Northeast, and Florida.
Today, the experienced medical professionals at Laser Spine Institute, which include more than two dozen surgeons, anesthesiologists, and physicians on staff, perform more endoscopic spine procedures than any provider in the world – an average of 400 each month. Tens of thousands of patients have found relief at Laser Spine Institute from back pain, neck pain, and other symptoms related to spinal nerve compression caused by spinal stenosis, herniated discs, bulging discs, and arthritis of the spine.
Focus on Patient Education
A vital component of the Laser Spine Institute mission is to provide as much information as possible to prospective patients in order to allow them to make informed decisions about treatment. To that end, the physicians and other medical professionals from Laser Spine Institute frequently conduct free educational seminars throughout the United States. At these seminars, attendees learn about the degenerative effects that aging and repetitive movement have on the spine, as well as how endoscopic surgical procedures are utilized to provide safe, effective relief from back pain, neck pain, and other symptoms caused by spinal nerve compression and inflammation.
In addition, prospective patients are invited to have their MRIs or CT scans reviewed by an orthopedic expert for free to determine whether they are candidates for one of Laser Spine Institute’s four signature minimally invasive procedures:
Facet Thermal Ablation
These procedures differ from spinal fusion and other open back or neck operations in that no hospitalization or general anesthesia are required, and only a small incision (about one inch) is necessary. Endoscopic spine surgery also carries a much lower risk of infection and other complications, and the recovery period is significantly shorter for most patients.
Focus on Patient Wellness and Comfort
The founders of Laser Spine Institute pledged from the beginning to focus extensively on the comfort and mental well-being of their patients and their family members. That pledge is reflected in the world-class amenities provided at every Laser Spine Institute facility, as well as the compassion displayed every day by the dedicated and caring staff.
This commitment to excellence has earned Laser Spine Institute an annual position on various lists of Best Places to Work in the Tampa Bay area, and it has placed them at the forefront of endoscopic spine surgery providers on an international scale.