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.