Finding the right spine surgery center for you
Living with chronic neck or back pain can be difficult and severely disruptive to your life. While conservative treatment options like rest, physical therapy and medication can be helpful for many, they don’t work for everyone. Spine surgery can become a serious consideration if you are still experiencing severe symptoms and you and your doctor have decided nonsurgical therapies have been fully explored.
However, finding the right spine surgery center to provide treatment and rehabilitation can be a challenge. As you begin to research treatment centers and spine care specialists, there are a few important things to consider that will help make your decision easier. The following tips are intended to help you make a confident decision about your spine care needs and give you the best chance of finding the relief you deserve.
What to look for in a spine surgery center
- The staff. The first things to consider are the qualifications and reputation of the surgeon who will be performing your surgery. Make sure the surgeon who will perform your procedure has the proper credentials and is respected and experienced. If you do meet them for a consultation, make sure your prospective surgeon makes eye contact, has a warm demeanor and takes the time to answer any of your questions. This should also be true of physicians, nurses or other support staff you encounter in any capacity.
- The facilities. In addition to being comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, look for a facility that uses state-of-the-art technology. This will show that the practice stays up to date with medical advancements and has the potential to offer the best results for patients.
- The patients. Do your homework and find out what the patients are saying about this facility and medical staff. Don’t base your decision entirely on one or two patient reviews, instead try to get a sense of the overall trend of patient satisfaction. Also, ask your family, friends and your primary care doctor if they know of a center with a good reputation. You may be surprised how word travels, and someone may have some insight into the medical center you’re considering or recommend another one you hadn’t looked at yet.
Laser Spine Institute
Laser Spine Institute has spent years developing a culture of patient-centered care. Our minimally invasive spine surgery has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain at our state-of-the-art outpatient centers across the United States. By using muscle-sparing techniques, our board-certified surgeons+ perform procedures that offer patients less risk of complication when compared to traditional open spine surgery.
For more information about the advantages our procedures offer patients, contact our team today. We are happy to offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.