Spine centers — finding the one that’s right for you
Finding the right spine center for your neck or back surgery is important, and you should thoroughly research the options available to you. Many spine centers offer a variety of services and amenities that should be considered prior to deciding where to undergo your spine surgery.
In addition to a track record of positive surgical outcomes, consider other details that may be overlooked. Not only do you have to be comfortable with the procedure, you should also feel comfortable in the setting of the spine center. There are several things to consider outside of the surgery itself when searching for the right spine center for your needs.
What to look for
Here are a few things to consider when you’re reviewing spine centers:
- Is the facility credentialed and, if so, by whom? Some facilities create their own credentialing body and then call themselves credentialed. Make sure you research where the spine center earned its credentials.
- How is the facility staffed? Check to make sure the staff is respected and accredited. In addition to orthopedic surgeons, ask about anesthesiologists, the nursing staff and technicians. Are they credentialed? Is the staffing level equal with the work load they are asked to perform? Understaffing leads to stressed Care Partners and increased risks. Are they trained and certified in emergency procedures? Do they perform safety drills regularly? What quality improvement opportunities are available to the staff, and do they take advantage of them?
- How is the atmosphere at the facility? As outpatient clinics have grown in popularity and specialty, many spine centers have developed an atmosphere of comfort and care. While that may not seem to affect the outcome of the procedure performed, it can be a clear indicator of the professionalism and overall success of the clinic. Is the facility interested in image or quality?
- What kind of technology is used? In addition to ensuring that you have access to the most talented and experienced surgeons, you should learn whether they are using state-of-the-art technology to maximize the potential for the best procedure available.
- Do you feel comfortable? Ultimately, trust your gut feeling. If you are impressed with the medical staff and the facilities, and have confidence in the surgeon performing your procedure, then you are much more likely to have a good experience at the spine treatment and rehabilitation center.
Laser Spine Institute
At Laser Spine Institute, we maintain industry-leading, conveniently located surgery centers across the country. Our minimally invasive spine surgery has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain to date. To learn more about our range of minimally invasive spine surgery, and to have a review of your MRI report or CT scan, contact Laser Spine Institute today.