Laser procedures speed recovery for most patients
In its mission to combat the opioid crisis and follow best practices in medicine, Physician Partners of America is pleased to announce the widespread use of laser spine techniques.
PPOA pain management physicians are in the process of being trained in the use of the Holmium YAG laser to perform neck and back pain procedures. The laser is used to ablate pain-causing nerves, as well as tissue that is pressing on nerves.
“It’s better therapy, better efficacy, and the safety is unparalleled,” says Abraham Rivera, M.D., PPOA’s chief medical officer. “It’s a new set of skills that many physicians do not have.”
The company has invested in training and equipment for each of its pain management physicians.
Are laser procedures the best treatment for chronic pain?
The laser is the next step on the continuum of cutting-edge medicine, and Physician Partners of America has always focused on the latest developments in interventional pain management. That subspecialty of pain medicine focuses on treating pain at its source, rather than masking it with medication.
Interventional pain management encompasses a less-is-more approach:
- Noninvasive techniques, such as injections and nerve blocks
- Regenerative medicine, such as stem cell therapy and PRP
Patients who are ready for the next level of treatment can consider other approaches PPOA offers:
- Minimally invasive surgical techniques, with incisions of less than one inch, and small instruments
- Endoscopic procedures, which use a series of narrow, camera-enabled tubes through which the surgeon works
The laser can be used in any type of minimally invasive procedure.
What are laser spine procedures?
The laser procedures performed by PPOA pain management physicians require an incision barely wider than a needle.
The laser allows for precise targeting of nerves and tissue, quicker healing through muscle-sparing techniques, and a reduced chance of bleeding and infection. Patients walk out the same day and can get back to work or activities in days or weeks instead of months. It is a revolutionary instrument that PPOA uses to stay at the forefront of medical technology.
“It sets us apart from the competition,” says Dr. Rivera. “It’s not a procedure we make money on. That’s not the end result or purpose of it, but it’s something we believe gives patients much better results.”
Many patients choose PPOA for additional reasons: it accepts Medicare and most insurance, and has a long history of performing interventional techniques as an effective alternative to opioids. Services are available throughout Florida and in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Initial appointments can be made the same-day patients call and transportation is available on a first-come, first-served basis.