Minimally Invasive
Spine Institute

300 Exempla Circle
Suite #130
Lafayette, CO 80026

Ph: (303) 539-2533


Jennifer Kenitzer

Clinical Director:
Darla Drane, RN

  The CO2 (carbon dioxide gas) laser technology with the Omni Guide® Beam Path was developed at MIT. Laser surgery uses a no-touch, precision beam instrument – the BeamPath flexible CO2 laser scalpel. Of all the surgical lasers in the market today, CO2 lasers result in the least amount of damage to healthy tissues.

Read the Denver Daily News article, featuring a patient of Dr. Alan Villavicencio, about how this new technology is changing surgery and recovery.

The laser gives the surgeon pin-point precision because it cuts tissue using an intense, concentrated beam of light that vaporizes the tissue by evaporating water inside the cells. In addition, the laser leaves no bone fragments that can sometimes happen with other surgeries.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Faster recovery
  • Less pain
  • More precision
  • Smaller surgical incisions

Two of the most common procedures for which it is used are:

Discectomy – removal of the disk that is ruptured or herniated.
Laminectomy – removal of a small portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disc material from under the nerve root.

The following case study is of an actual patient with the superior results of her surgery included. Please click on the link to view the report. "Laser Case Study"

If you would like more information about the procedure, please contact Boulder Neurological Associates at 303-998-0004.

This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis at the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute.

Patient Testimonial
The following video is of 5-time World Triathlon Champion, Simon Lessing and how this new technology helped him continue to do what he loved to do.

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