Overview of orthopedic spine surgeons

An orthopedic surgeon specializes in problems or injuries to the musculoskeletal system — specifically the bones, joints and ligaments — of the human body.

In the U.S. and Canada, prospective students usually complete a four-year undergraduate degree before going on to a four-year medical school. After completing medical school, a physician with an interest in becoming an orthopedic surgeon will begin a residency that can last five years and then undergo four years of additional training in orthopedic surgery.

Because the field of orthopedic surgery is so competitive, orthopedic surgeons are often the top students in their class, ensuring that only the most outstanding candidates are selected for residency and training programs. In fact, according to the United States Department of Labor, orthopedic surgeons comprise only 3 to 4 percent of all practicing physicians in the U.S.

Orthopedic focus

After their residencies, orthopedic surgeons often choose to practice in a subfield of orthopedic medicine (sports medicine, pediatric orthopedics, etc.) or to specialize in particular areas of the body, such as joints, feet and ankles, or — as is the case with the board-certified+ orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons at Laser Spine Institute — the spine.

Laser Spine Institute is the proud home of a team of distinguished orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons. Our surgical team is made of experts who are specially trained in the advanced field of minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery.

We perform a safer and effective treatment to traditional open spine surgery. The minimally invasive spine surgery performed by our skilled surgeons allows patients to experience a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of infection and complication compared to traditional open spine surgery. Our commitment to patient-centered care has helped us achieve a patient satisfaction score of 96^ across our regional state-of-the-art facilities.

Reach out to Laser Spine Institute

For more information about our minimally invasive spine surgery or our leading expert orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons, contact Laser Spine Institute today. If you are considering spine surgery for neck or back pain after exhausting conservative treatment options, we can offer a review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.