How to choose an orthopedic spine surgeon

If you’ve been experiencing chronic neck or back pain, usually defined as lasting three months or longer, finding relief that gets you back to a normal life can be difficult. The pain and limited mobility from a spine condition can affect relationships, work and your hobbies. An orthopedic spine surgeon is usually consulted when more conservative forms of treatment have been exhausted and surgery looks like the best option for regaining full activity.

Orthopedics is the branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including the spine. Choosing an orthopedic spine surgeon requires careful research and consideration of all surgical options. The right surgeon for your needs should be one who can offer you the best chance of lasting relief and a good quality of life.

The decision to undergo spine surgery

After diagnosing a spine condition — such as a herniated disc or arthritic bone spur — most physicians will start nonsurgical treatments to manage symptoms and regain mobility. Many patients find success with a full course of comprehensive treatment that includes:

  • Rest
  • Hot and cold compression
  • Physical therapy
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Lifestyle changes such as losing weight and quitting smoking

Surgery will usually be considered as a last resort. Although surgery does treat spine-related nerve compression at the source, traditional open spine procedures are highly invasive, requiring a large, muscle-severing incision to access the spine. Rehabilitation often leads to hospitalization, risk of infection, potential complications and a long recovery period.

Laser Spine Institute

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute offers an alternative to traditional open back surgery that has many advantages. Laser Spine Institute has a highly skilled team of orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons who can access the spine with a small, muscle-sparing incision. This leads to a shorter recovery period^ with less risk of complication compared to traditional open spine surgery.

If your physician has recommended that you undergo spine surgery, don’t elect for traditional open spine surgery without contacting Laser Spine Institute first. We offer a no-cost MRI review* to see if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.