Minimally invasive spine surgery — measuring effectiveness
The effectiveness of minimally invasive spine surgery depends on a number of important factors, such as the surgeon and the facility where the procedure is performed. To ensure you make a decision that offers the best chance of finding relief and a return to normal functioning, it is important to thoroughly research your options. However, it can be difficult to know where to begin, or how to narrow down a search.
Your first step should be a conversation with your primary health care provider, who should be able to make a recommendation or offer a referral. You can also ask family and friends for recommendations, or ask if they know of someone who can make one. The decision to undergo back surgery is a big one and ultimately rests with you. This is why in addition to the asking about the qualifications of a given surgeon or the equipment available at a center, you should also trust your personal instincts about a prospective surgery provider.
Factors to consider when choosing a surgery center
It’s difficult to measure the effectiveness of a surgeon or a surgery center with a single number or rate, but there are some statistics and figures that can indicate a good reputation. For example, at Laser Spine Institute, we have helped more than 75,000 people since 2005 while achieving a patient satisfaction score of 96.^
However, there is no substitute for first-hand experience. No matter which practice you choose to consider first, ask yourself these questions when going to your initial appointment or consultation:
- Is there a good atmosphere when you walk into the building?
- Was I greeted in a friendly way?
- Does the staff seem attentive and caring?
- Am I able to get my questions answered in a timely and sympathetic manner?
- Do I feel pressured into selecting this center?
If the answer to any of those questions gives you pause, keep looking.
Look for the best
There are many options when it comes to spine surgery and we encourage our potential patients to consider carefully before they make a decision. During the course of your research, we suggest that you examine the contrast between the effectiveness of minimally invasive spine surgery versus traditional open back surgery. Our minimally invasive outpatient techniques are safer and effective when compared to traditional open back surgery, offering our patients less risk of complication and a shorter recovery period.^
To learn more, or for a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today.