Selecting the right spine surgery center for you
If your doctor has suggested surgery as an option for chronic neck or back pain, it’s likely that he or she also recommended a hospital or spine center that offers the procedure you need. While it is important to listen to your doctor’s advice, it’s just as important to conduct your own research before deciding on a particular provider or procedure. Any type of surgery always carries some amount of risk, so it is important to seek multiple opinions and find a surgical provider that is best for your needs.
Considerations for selecting a spine center
If you know and trust your doctor, his or her referral is a good place to start, but you should ask questions that will reveal why a particular hospital or spine center is recommended. Have other patients treated by your doctor experienced success at this facility? How well does your doctor know the surgeons and other medical personnel at the recommended facility? Even if the answers to these and other questions satisfy you, there are other steps to take to ensure you’re making the right decision. These include:
- Ask friends, family members and neighbors who have undergone spinal procedures about their experiences.
- Ask other physicians and medical professionals. An additional professional opinion might lend credence to your doctor’s recommendation and it can also make you aware of other options to explore.
- Search for reviews to get a balanced idea of what patients are saying about a facility. Try to get a sense of the overall trend of patient satisfaction.
The leader in minimally invasive spine surgery
As you explore your options be aware that dedicated spine surgery centers can offer many benefits that hospitals do not, such as concentrated expertise in spine surgery and the ability to perform outpatient procedures. Laser Spine Institute is a spine center that performs minimally invasive outpatient procedures using muscle-sparing techniques. As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we have helped more than 75,000 patients receive relief from their neck and back pain through our minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures.
Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about our spine centers and the minimally invasive procedures our surgeons perform. We also offer a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.