CHOOSE A SURGEON WHO ROUTINELY PERFORMS AND PERFECTS THE PROCEDURE YOU NEED, AND WHOSE PRACTICE IS DEDICATED TO SPINE SURGERY.
This focus allows a surgeon to be more qualified and current in the latest surgical techniques, further ensuring your successful outcome.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR?
- Look for a board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeon, regardless of whether the doctor is an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon.
- A fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or neurologist has extended their general orthopedic study to receive additional training specifically related to the back and neck.
QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK:
- Is the surgeon doing mostly spine surgery, or general orthopedics?
- Is the surgeon fellowship trained in spine surgery?
- Is the surgeon trained in minimally-invasive surgery?
YOUR SURGEON SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
- Make you feel comfortable.
- Fully explain your diagnosis.
- Answer all of your questions.
- Describe the range of options available to you, including non-surgical care alternatives.