Finding the best spine surgery center for you
Conservative treatment of spine-related symptoms, such as medication and physical therapy, can often be very effective in treating chronic pain related to a spine condition. Surgery becomes a serious option if weeks or months of treatment have not brought the relief you require for a good quality of life. In the past, this required a highly invasive traditional open spine surgery. However, advances in medical technology have led to the development of minimally invasive spine surgery, such as the procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, to treat degenerative spine conditions.
Minimally invasive spine surgery can be performed at an outpatient spine center rather than in a hospital, which allows patients to avoid the higher risks of infection in hospitals, and to avoid hospital-associated costs.^ Read on to find important questions you should consider, as well as warning signs to notice, during your research to find the best spine center for you.
Guiding questions for your spine surgery center search
Many medical facilities are dedicated to surgical treatment of the neck and back. However, finding a spine surgery center that offers the latest in medical advances and a relaxing, nurturing environment is an important part of a successful treatment process. The following guidelines may be useful in finding the right facility for you.
- About the facility. When was the spine surgery center established? What is its reputation? Are patient reviews about the facility available? Has the facility garnered any awards? Does the facility offer any appealing amenities? Can I see myself feeling comfortable at this surgical center? What type of postsurgical support is offered?
- About the medical staff. Who are the surgeons and physicians practicing at this spine center? How many are there? What kinds of training and fellowships have these physicians undergone? Are there surgeons who specialize in my specific condition? Are the physicians willing to meet with me for a consultation? Are there patient reviews of these physicians?
- About the procedures. How many procedures have been performed at the spine center? How many procedures dealing with my specific condition have been performed? How many procedures do the surgeons specialize in? Are the procedures inpatient or outpatient?
What to watch out for in a surgery center
There are many recognizable warning signs that could indicate that a particular spine surgery center is not for you. If the facility and its equipment seem outdated or obsolete, you may not be getting the most recent standards of treatment. If the medical staff seems inattentive or impolite, it may be hard for you to feel comfortable at that facility. If during a consultation your physician avoids your questions or hurries you through the meeting, the facility is either understaffed or does not prioritize patient care and patient education — in either case, you may want to move on to other options.
Laser Spine Institute
The goal of minimally invasive spine surgery is treat the underlying causes of neck and back pain while avoiding unnecessary disruption of the tissues surrounding the spine. Our team of board-certified surgeons+ perform a range of minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures that involve muscle-sparing techniques and a small incision.
To better accommodate our patients, we have regional outpatient spine centers across the United States that have achieved a patient satisfaction score of 96^ with our commitment to patient-centered care.
For more information about Laser Spine Institute, or for a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of procedures, contact us today.