How to communicate with your back surgery specialist

If you are considering a spine procedure to treat a degenerative spine condition, you should be able to speak openly and honestly with your back surgery specialist about any questions or concerns you may have.

As a patient, communicating with your back surgery specialist about these questions or concerns can help you have peace of mind before your procedure. The right surgeon for you should take the time to explain everything in a manner that is comforting and understandable, allowing you to feel confident about your spine care decision.

If at any time you feel that your back surgeon is not taking the time to answer your questions clearly, you may want to look for another specialist.

Questions to ask your back surgery specialist

Appointments with a surgeon or consulting physician regarding your spine condition can be stressful. You may be in pain, feel anxious about your condition or be concerned that you will forget to ask the right questions and gather all pertinent information regarding the option of surgery. This is why preparing a list of questions is an important step in communicating with your back surgery specialist and can help you stay focused.

Below are some examples of questions you may want to ask:

  • How severe is my spine condition?
  • Can we look at my MRI or CT scan together?
  • Why are you recommending surgery?
  • How will my condition progress without surgery?
  • If I opt for surgery, what are my options?
  • What will the recovery process be like?
  • Are there additional nonsurgical treatments that I can try to prevent or delay the need for surgery?

Finding the best back surgery specialist for you

You should always feel free to get more than one opinion as you consider the option of spine surgery. Different surgeons may recommend different types of treatment, so having a broad range of opinions can help you make a more informed choice. If you’re not sure where to start looking for a back surgery specialist, ask your primary care physician for a list of recommendations in your area.

You can also contact the spine care specialists at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery provides a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery and offers several advantages for our patients including a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication.

To learn more about our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact us today. You can ask us for a no-cost review of your MRI report or CT scan* to help you find out if you are a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.