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. Read the following article for more tips on choosing a spine surgeon for your specific condition.

The decision to undergo spine surgery

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

  • Chiropractic care
  • Hot and cold compression
  • Physical therapy
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Lifestyle changes, such as diet change 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 a hospitalization between two to five days, a risk of infection, potential complications and a long recovery period.

Finding an orthopedic spine surgeon at Laser Spine Institute

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute offers a safer and effective 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 and infection compared to traditional open spine surgery.^

If your doctor 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 outpatient procedures. As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain.

At Laser Spine Institute, our patients are able to be up and walking within a few hours of surgery, and 88 percent of our patients are able to return to daily activities within just three months after surgery.^ Reach out to our dedicated team today so we can evaluate your condition to see if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine surgery procedures. We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.