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Debunking Myths About Laser Spine Surgery

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Ever had back pain? It is amongst our society's most common medical problems. Within a 3 month stretch nearly 1 out of every 4 adults in the US experience at least 1 day of back pain. Factors such as your age, fitness activity and job can all attribute to back pain amongst other risk factors.

So what are the treatment options available to us today and how effective are they? Our host Anthony Figliola sits down with Dr. Richard Richley, a pioneer of laser endoscopic techniques to debunk the myths surrounding laser spine surgery, discuss conventional methods vs. cutting edge laser spine surgeries for treating back pain as well as what you should be looking for when trying to find a surgeon.


Richard C. Richley, M.D. is a board certified orthopedic surgeon. His practice began in San Diego in sports medicine in affiliation with the Chargers, the Padres, the Clippers basketball team, and the Mariners hockey team. In 1991, he established the Laser Spine & Joint Surgery Institute of California. Dr. Richley obtained certification in Holmium CO2 lasers and erbium lasers, and began a program of minimally invasive spine surgery as a pioneer and developer of endoscopic and minimally invasive spine surgery.

During the next 20 years, he traveled to many places, including Bogotá, Columbia, Lima, Peru, Wels, Austria, Brussels, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, Ober, Austria, Acapulco, Mexico, and Cairo, Egypt, working with physicians throughout the world in modern endoscopic and minimally invasive laser-assistive spine surgeries.

His primary office is in San Diego, California, and he can be contacted at 858-731-8146 or 858-643-5650. Visit the California Laser Spine Center website.