Orthopedic surgeons

Orthopedic surgery is one of the most highly specialized and competitive practices a surgeon can choose. This means orthopedic surgeons are among the best trained and most skilled surgeons in the world. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, no more than 4 percent of all practicing surgeons in the United States are orthopedic surgeons — a fact that is likely related to the rigorous training and preparation they must endure under the high academic standards to which they are held when applying for residencies.

Specialties for orthopedic surgeons

An orthopedic surgeon’s specialty is treating conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. They often further specialize in a particular field or in a certain area of the body; specialties can range from sports-related injuries and congenital deformities to degenerative spine conditions.

Many orthopedic surgeons subspecialize in the spine because it is prone to deterioration and injury. To support the upper body and protect the spinal cord while still being able to move, the spine must be both strong and flexible. However, our many spinal components are supporting constant pressure and body movements, which can lead to potentially painful conditions, including:

These conditions can often be treated with nonsurgical options like rest, physical therapy, massage and pain medication, allowing patients to resume normal activity and enjoy a better quality of life. Surgery is usually considered if weeks or months of consistent treatment does not bring desired results.

The team at Laser Spine Institute

At Laser Spine Institute, our surgical team consists of some of the most talented, best trained and highly regarded orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons in the field of spine surgery. In fact, many of our surgeons are fellows with notable institutions. This level of expertise, as well as their commitment to patient-centered care is part of the reason more than 75,000 patients have chosen to Laser Spine Institute for surgery.

If you are considering back surgery, but are concerned about the hospitalization and long recovery of traditional spine procedures, we encourage you to contact us for information about our minimally invasive spine surgery. Our surgeons use state-of-the art techniques to access the spine with a less than 1-inch incision, leading to a shorter recovery time^ with less scarring for our patients.

Reach out to our dedicated team of Spine Care Consultants for a no-cost MRI review* to see if you may be a candidate for our minimally invasive outpatient procedures.