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What sets Laser Spine Institute apart?

Extraordinary Surgeons

Michael C. Weiss, D.O., FAOAO, who began his career as an orthopedic surgeon in 1986, is Laser Spine Institute’s Chairman, Department of Surgery. He leads the surgical component of Laser Spine Institute's state-of-the-art surgery centers at Laser Spine Institute. Chairman Weiss, who joined Laser Spine Institute in 2008, oversees our training program for new surgeons and surgical practices as well as continuing to perform surgery.

“Spine surgery is all we do, day in and day out. That alone helps us achieve a higher level of proficiency, work more effectively, and get better outcomes and lower complication rates.” —Michael C. Weiss, D.O., FAOAO, Chairman, Department of Surgery

Surgery Length

Most surgical procedures at Laser Spine Institute last approximately one hour. Patients are discharged soon after their surgery, once they wake up, walk around and change back into their clothes. After patients return to their hotel, they are encouraged to walk around every couple of hours. After the patient is seen for his or her postoperative appointment, they are free to return home. They are highly encouraged to follow up with their primary care physician within two weeks to check the incision site.

Streamlined Patient Experience

Our patients can expect to have all their preoperative and postoperative and surgical needs cared for while at Laser Spine Institute. Because Laser Spine Institute operates out of an ambulatory surgical center, versus a hospital, many of the costs associated with a hospital stay are eliminated.

Each Patient Screened for Surgical Success

Our surgeons operate on only 6 to 7 percent of patients who seek treatment, as each of our patients is expertly screened to determine if they are a candidate for Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures. Our surgeons work to create a reciprocal continuum of care that encourages patients to return to their referring physicians.

Our Care is Affordable for Many

Laser Spine Institute works with a number of insurance providers to ensure that as many patients as possible can receive our expert medical care.

Advanced Technique for Quicker Recovery^

When conservative treatments have been exhausted, Laser Spine Institute offers a surgical option with excellent benefits. Our minimally invasive, muscle-sparing technique spreads muscle without cutting it, resulting in quicker recovery^, less surgical blood loss and less risk due to the low level of impact to the body.

Expertly Focused on Spine Care

  • Our board-certified surgeons+ are given a unique opportunity to focus solely on patients and spine care.
  • Laser Spine Institute surgeons are expertly positioned across the nation, and have been recruited for their high level of experience and medical knowledge.

What to expect during the patients' streamlined patient experience**

Preoperative Surgery Postoperative
MRI or CT scan review Surgical order review Rest and recovery
Insurance verification Anesthesia review Assessment and care instructions
Medical clearance Surgery Discharge home**
Patient evaluation Recovery Follow-up calls from PSD
Anesthesia discussion Discharge to home/hotel  
Diagnostic imaging and testing*    
Surgical discussion    

* Some patients' individual medical conditions may require additional testing that Laser Spine Institute will facilitate through a third-party service provider.

**Some patients may require an experience that exceeds five days and others may require as few as four days. Patients may be required to rest 48-hours post-surgery.

High Ratings

More than 50% of patients report returning to work in one month. 97 percent of our patients say they would refer Laser Spine Institute to a friend or family member.

  Minimally Invasive Procedures Traditional Open Back Surgery
Hospital Stay Outpatient 2-5 Days
Infection Rate 0.41 percent^ Up to 19 percent

We have the patient and their family in mind

Laser Spine Institute is committed to delivering superior, patient-centered care to all of our patients and their families. Our facilities are set up to ensure both you and your family are comfortable. Our facilities are equipped with relaxation chairs, TVs and refreshments.

Laser Spine Institute History

Laser Spine Institute was founded in Tampa, Fla. in 2005 by three physicians who were dedicated to providing patients with extraordinary care and innovative surgical procedures. During the development of Laser Spine Institute, the goal was to offer those suffering from chronic neck and back pain a safer and effective alternative to open neck or back surgery.