Ann Arbor Main Office: 5315 Elliott Dr. #102 • Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Chelsea: 14650 E. Old US 12. #302 • Chelsea, MI 48118
Brighton: 7575 West Grand River Ave. #112 • Brighton, MI 48114

About laser spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery

Ann Arbor Spine Care physicians from time to time are asked by other physicians and patients about TV ads they see related to “laser spine surgery”. Patients will ask if they are a candidate for laser surgery for back and neck pain.

At this time, we are not a proponent of laser spine surgery as the current application of a laser with spine surgery is merely as a cutting device.

This may change in the future as new technology is developed. But at this point, in our opinion, the use of a laser is intended more as a marketing approach to attract patients to a surgery that is not really different from a traditional spine surgery.

New “minimally invasive spine surgery” approaches used by spine surgeons can now shorten the incision, lessen time in the hospital, and speed the return to activity with a less painful recovery. Ann Arbor Spine Care is already using some minimally invasive approaches during surgery.

In summary, Ann Arbor Spine Care believes there is no clinical benefit to laser spine surgery over minimally invasive spine surgery — at this time. Consequently, our surgeons don’t do laser spine surgery, nor do we use lasers during spine surgery for advertising purposes.

Ann Arbor Spine Care is a huge advocate of new technology where it shows benefit to the patient.



Home Remedy Book

Our educational Internet site is an online encyclopedia on spine care. Patients visiting our spine center in Ann Arbor receive a free 36-page Home Remedy Book that has symptom charts and customized stretches that relieve pain.

Dr. Brodkey performing surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Ann Arbor Spine Care surgeons use state of the art minimally invasive techniques and instrumentation to help patients recover in a shorter period of time and allow for a quicker return home.