Lasers have been a trendy marketing tool in the spine industry for years and this “cutting-edge” technology has been used by many institutes to reel in unsuspecting patients with neck and back pain. Although they use the word laser in the name of their company or procedure, a laser is rarely used in the actual procedure itself. These institutes and practices are only confusing the patient and ultimately hurting the facilities that, in fact, employ a laser to repair herniated discs. Particularly in the spine industry, the best minimally invasive surgical techniques are used in conjunction with a laser. Is it the laser, the surgeon or the minimally invasive technique that actually benefits the patient? The answer is Yes, Yes and Yes or all three.