Those who have been thinking about undergoing laser spine surgery should expect to pay from $30,000 up to $90,000 for the medical procedure.
Laser technology has been a popular choice because of its faster recovery period and minimal invasiveness, hence the higher price tag. A traditional spine surgery ranges between $6,000 and $70,000 depending on the patient’s condition.
Pros And Cons
Like any other treatment, laser spine surgeries have their fair share of disadvantages. For instance, your health insurer may not cover the expenses, as opposed to traditional treatment. This would then require you to cover the costs out of your own pocket. Insurers don’t cover laser treatment as they consider it to be an experimental procedure, according to the Central Texas Spine Institute.
If you live in Texas, the Cervical Spine Institute notes that there are other alternatives for a laser treatment that may be included under your healthcare plan such as a Mobi-C surgery. In Fort Worth, the cost could be cheaper than Houston or San Antonio depending on the surgeon.
Whether you prefer laser treatment to traditional treatment, you shouldn’t just sign up for any spinal procedure especially if it involved injuries. A surgeon may conduct of combination of X-ray, CT scans and MRIs, in case the patient experiences neck pain and shows clear signs of spinal damages.
Researcher are still developing ways on how to undo the damages to a patient’s spine. For now, surgeons focus on preventing further injuries from worsening over time. Depending on the level of damages, a patient may fully recover within the first six months while it may take up to two years for some people to notice an improvement.
Consult a surgeon who specializes in spinal treatment before starting to plan a budget. If you had the money, how much would you be willing to spend on a laser spine surgery?