New Jersey’s Dr. Damon Noto Discusses New Laser Spine Pain Treatment on News12

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Bergen County, New Jersey pain clinic Spine and Joint Center begins offering AccuraScope, a minimally invasive spine surgery and diagnostic procedure.

Spine and Joint Center
We have an 80 percent success rate, which is phenomenal when you look at medical procedures – especially when you’re talking about the back.

Dr. Damon Noto of New Jersey’s Spine & Joint Center was featured in a September 30, 2012 interview on Channel 12 News discussing the benefits of the new AccuraScope® Discectomy and Neural Decompression (D.N.D.) procedure. Used primarily to treat (and diagnose) problems with intervertebral discs and spinal stenosis, the AccuraScope® spine pain treatment system is minimally invasive and offers relief within two to three weeks.

The procedure involves inserting a small, flexible scope through a 3-millimeter incision in the lower back. By running the scope up the length of the spinal canal (through a natural opening; the procedure requires no extreme manipulation of the spinal column), physicians can examine the inside of the spine for pathology and use advanced laser technology to heal damaged discs or scar tissue. It is an extremely effective (and minimally invasive) spine surgery alternative for patients with a number of common back and spine conditions – including spinal stenosis, disc herniation, and sciatica. Many patients report instant pain relief after treatment.

In the interview – in which Dr. Noto appears with Sam Baily, the president of North American Spine and a recipient of the AccuraScope® treatment – Dr. Noto uses models of the spinal column to demonstrate how the scope can be used to view different levels of the spine and see close-up images of the tissues in between the vertebrae. The scope allows physicians to see the exact level of the spine experiencing pain symptoms both for diagnostic purposes and as a treatment method. The AccuraScope® allows physicians to see whether the pain is being caused by a ruptured, torn, herniated or bulging disc; scar tissue in the spinal canal; or a number of other spinal problems. The laser technology utilized by the device also gives physicians the ability to immediately treat a number of these problems with heat or decompress the spine.

As explained by Dr. Noto, the procedure bridges the gap between injections (used as part of a pain management program) and major spinal surgery. Laser spine surgery with the minimally invasive AccuraScope® requires around 30 minutes and a single incision only a few millimeters wide. Patients are able to walk out of the operating room, and most can return to their normal activities in under a week.

In addition to being covered by health insurance, the AccuraScope® spine pain treatment procedure has been impressively successful. “We have an 80 percent success rate, which is phenomenal when you look at medical procedures – especially when you’re talking about the back,” says Dr. Noto. “When you look at traditional spine surgery, a 50 to 60 percent success rate is quite good.”

About Spine & Joint Center
A leading provider of minimally-invasive treatments for back and body pain, New Jersey’s Spine & Joint Center specializes in providing conservative but effective pain management options. Dr. Damon Noto offers the new AccuraScope® minimally invasive spine surgery procedure in addition to other orthopedic treatments, injection therapies, and acupuncture. For more information, call 201-288-7246 or visit

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