I dealt with severe neck pain for two years. I saw every doctor I could to get fixed up but no one had the answer. I had injections, therapy etc... One day while watching TV on my day off from work, I noticed a commercial about neck and back pain. I immediately contacted LSI for a consult. I brought my MRI films and X-rays. Right away the team at LSI Philadelphia knew I needed help and that they would be able to fix me. The following week after my consult, I had my surgery. I was so nervous and scared going in. But in the back of my mind, I knew i needed to get fixed. The pain I was having was ruining my life. I had to give up fighting fire, playing hockey and pretty much my entire social life. The surgery was about an hour long. I woke up approx. 30 minutes after in recovery. Right away I knew something was different. I didnt feel the pain and pressure I had felt for two years. The obvious surgical pain was present but not the original pain! After about an hour, I was wheeled out of the building and sent home. I was walking normally, eating normally, doing everything normally. I couldnt believe that I was fixed! So as of today, which is about 3 weeks after my surgery, I feel amazing. Still a little sore but the pain is bareable. I have a little more recovery time to go but I feel 150% better then i did before I went to LSI. Their entire team is amazing. They are kind and understand what you are dealing with. They are in my mind miracle workers! Without LSI Philly, who knows where I would be. I am getting married in April and I will be pain free thanks to them! If anyone out there is dealing with back or neck pain, dont think twice, go see LSI! They gave me my life back and will forever be grateful!
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In May 2011 in much pain and discomfort and with not feeling in my right fingers, I came to Laser Spine Institute. My experience with this medical facility from the beginning of visit was an amazing experience. From the first appointment to the surgery and then post operative care, Laser Spine Institute’s staff was very professional while also being compassionate. In that four day experience I was treated with respect and was given extraordinary care. Every detail of my condition was explained to me and if I had questions they took the time to answer them, not hurrying me out of the exam room. The Laser Spine Institute surgical staff was wonderful making me comfortable while understanding about my fears. Fear had caused me not to pursue treatment for my pain. However my pain became so devastating and had taken over my life that I had to seek treatment. The experience I had at Laser Spine was wonderful. I have already recommended my family, friends and total strangers who have spinal problems to seek the services of Laser Spine Institute. It has been a year since my surgery at Laser Spine Institute and I now have full motion in my neck and shoulder. I felt immediate relief postsurgery and I have regained the feeling in all the fingers on my right hand. I can do the things I love and was unable to do a year ago. I am back to gardening as it is truly my passion. Laser Spine has given me back what I feared I would never have again. Thank you Laser Spine Institute!
I would, and do, recommend Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Laser Spine Institute to anyone and everyone I talk to that has back problems. I suffered for over 8 years with constant, never ending pain in my neck, left shoulder, arm and wrist. My thumb, first and middle fingers were all numb. I could only turn my head to the left to a slight degree and when driving, would have to turn my entire body around to the left to see back over my shoulder in order to merge onto a road or highway. I was never, ever without pain my neck. In the almost two years (August) since I had my surgery, my lifestyle has reverted back to the way it was when I was in my 20’s. I run, swim, go to the gym and lift heavy weights, play sports and I can drive and turn my head to the left all the way around in order to see over my shoulder now. I have no pain in my neck any longer and my thumb and first and middle fingers are no longer numb. I no longer have any pain in my shoulder, elbow nor wrist, either. I’ve lost 20 lbs since the first of this year because I can go to the gym now and lift weights again.
I had cervical surgery with Dr. St. Louis just over two years ago. I had chronic neck, arm, and shoulder pain from a car accident about twelve years ago. The experience at Laser Spine was life changing. I was nervous like most people are before surgery because it’s a big decision and I was young and never had any surgery before. Everyone made me feel at ease. They were kind and informative so you know what to expect throughout the process. I recommend LSI to anyone who has chronic back or neck pain! The techniques and technology are second to none. It’s a much safer approach compared to traditional surgery and LSI has a proven track record. Having chronic pain makes you feel irritable and then taking the pain medications makes you feel tired and loopy. My lifestyle has changed since surgery. I’m much happier and more active. I’m active in yoga and chasing after my one year old son. I’m so thankful I had the surgery before pregnancy. I really don’t know how I would have managed the pain during pregnancy and labor. I feel blessed and LSI has changed my life is so many ways!
I have had 2 surgeries with LSI Before you go there you should know that they only operate on 1/2 of 1 level (in the neck - I think lumbar is the whole level). So it you have (like me) problems on both sides of your neck, you will need at least 2 surgeries. I did get SOME relief from my pain but it involves 4 different levels. Since my surgeries I have seen 2 ortho surgeons and a neurosurgeon in the hopes that someone could do it ALL at once. (LSI charges about $30K per 1/2 level PLUS your own travel costs (and hotel for a week - you will have to be there for at least 5 days for tests pre-op and procedure.) All 3 other docs say I'm not a surgery candidate. I am convinced that I have nerve compression without disk involvement based on what LSI found when they went in as well as based on what lessens my symptoms. However the nerve compressions DO NOT (and never did) show up on my MRI. The last doc I saw (familiar with LSI) said they are very aggressive - as in they WILL operate on you.
I had been experiencing severe lower back pain that would even radiate down my legs all the way down to my feet. My pain was so severe that it limited my daily activities. I would experience severe pain after sitting for more than a few minutes. My pain would keep me awake at night. The smallest of household chores became challenges. A friend told me about LSI amd after a consultation with the wonderful doctors there, they found me to be a good candidate for their minimally invasive spinal surgery. No one ever guaranteed that I would be totally 100% pain free, but they did believe that I would notice a great improvement in my level of pain. I had my surgery on a Thursday and was back to work the following Monday! And the best part of it all, I am 100% pain free!! It has been 2 1/2 years since my surgery and I live a very active lifestyle. I ride my bike for miles and miles and love hiking in the mountains. Thank you LSI for giving me my life back!!
It's been 6 weeks since my 2nd surgery at LSI Tampa in 90 days on my lower back. Wow!!!! Laser Spine Institute, your streamlined process is so organized, efficient and professional, and your medical care is top notch. You have surpassed any and all of my expectations. I "celebrated" my 6 weeks with a workout in the gym yesterday. I had been waiting for that day for so long! Thanks to each and every member of the LSI team that has helped me. Special thanks to my surgeon Dr. Bereczki who performed both my surgeries, and my Patient Coordinator Chad Benson whose hard work and dedication to me was beyond anything I could have hoped for. Words just can't express my gratitude!!!!! LSI keep doing what you do!!!!! People like me are so fortunate for people like you!!!!
I had my surgery about 8 weeks ago. I was in a lot of pain when I went in and when I walked out few hours later I couldn't believe how good I felt. From the first time I called to the day of surgery everyone has been very helpful and a pleasure to be around. From the nurses to the doctors thank you very much for giving me my life back. My recovery has been painless just a little soar the first few days. Now I’m back to living my life.
I had cervical spine surgery at the Tampa campus of LSI 2/16/15. I was treated with utmost respect, and compassion at every level. I've since received numerous calls from nurses checking in on my progress and recovery. My relief was immediate. They also took care of my husband during my procedure and appointments, with free massage, refreshment and comfortable waiting areas. These are the best of the best!
This is a great place to go if you are having back pain, which I have personally had for 5 years. In Feb 2014 I went to Laser Spine's ASC in Tampa to have my MRI and the facilities are very nice and the staff was well informed to assist me. I met with the Dr. and he was very friendly and walked through my results together. Laser Spine Institute is also in a very beautiful location.