How to choose among different spine surgery centers

Although basic conservative treatments can often provide needed relief for neck and back pain related to a spine condition, surgery can become an option if weeks or months of treatment don’t bring needed relief. As you begin your search for a surgery provider, there are so many choices available for a back and spine center that each facility may begin to look the same. However, it’s important to keep in mind that choosing the right clinic to treat your neck or back pain is one of the most important steps in your treatment process.

As overwhelming as your search may feel, it is possible to find the right combination of medical technology, hospitality and patient care for your personal needs. The following information can help you make a more confident decision, especially concerning the difference between a dedicated spine surgery center and a hospital-based procedure.

A spine surgery center is different from a hospital

Although it may seem that a spine center would be very similar to the orthopedic section of a hospital, a spine center can offer a unique range of services. For example, spine surgery centers such as Laser Spine Institute can provide outpatient procedures, where a hospital setting is more likely to provide a traditional open spine surgery that requires an overnight stay. Additional factors that differentiate a spine center from a hospital include:

  • A spine center combines consultation offices and operating rooms. Hospital-based facilities often require you to go to one location for the initial consult, while your actual procedure takes place at a different location.
  • Highly specialized surgeons and a specialized medical staff. At a spine surgery center, the surgeons are specifically trained in issues involving the spine, whereas at a hospital, you may see a qualified orthopedist or a neurologist, but they may not be as familiar with neck and back conditions. The nursing staff at a back and spine center should also be specifically trained in spinal conditions.
  • Many spine centers offer added amenities. The administration can be better enabled to make sure your outpatient visit to the facility is as pleasant as possible. The top spine centers will offer comfortable waiting areas, a pleasant environment and conveniences such as internet access, dining options and transportation assistance.

Choosing a spine center

There are a variety of ways to begin your search for the spine center that is right for you. First, ask your primary care doctor for a few recommendations. Second, ask family and friends if they have ever had a good or bad experience at a particular spinal treatment facility. Do online research to find out about spine center rankings, awards, patient reviews and staff surgeons. Before making a final decision, visit the facility. Make sure you feel comfortable there and also make sure that you are treated with care and respect.

Laser Spine Institute

Laser Spine Institute provides minimally invasive spine surgery at our state-of-the-art outpatient centers across the United States. As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from their neck and back pain through our minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures. Our team of board-certified surgeons+ and our entire medical staff is committed to patient-centered care and helping people find the quality of life they deserve.

If you have a degenerative spine condition and have been recommended for surgery, contact us today for more information regarding our spine centers. Our dedicated team can help you receive a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.