Choosing a Specialist

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 insuring 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.