Orthopedics professionals and spine surgeons

Orthopedics is practiced by more than 20,000 surgeons in the United States, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Of those, more than 11 percent specialize in the spine. That means if you are considering surgery to treat chronic neck or back pain, there is a wide selection of surgeons to choose from.

It’s important to remember that you always have the right to choose who will perform your surgery. Patient education is an important part of getting the care you need to get back to a healthy, active life. Learning about the full range of surgical options and potential spine surgeons can be beneficial, even if you have been referred to an orthopedic spine surgeon by your primary care physician.

Selecting the right orthopedic surgeon for you

Always research the qualifications and orthopedic backgrounds of the surgeons you are considering. Don’t ignore your gut feeling, either. If you feel uncomfortable with a particular surgeon, it’s probably a good idea to look elsewhere, because trust is the most important factor when making your decision.

Here is a list of questions to ask your potential orthopedic expert:

  • How much experience do you have with this kind of surgery?
  • How many procedures are performed at your practice’s orthopedic clinics each year?
  • Can you tell me about your spinal surgery fellowship?
  • What professional associations are you affiliated with?
  • Have you received any professional awards? If so, what were they and how recent were they?
  • What is the typical recovery period for the recommended procedure?
  • Based on my medical history, do you believe nonsurgical treatment options have been exhausted?

Traditional open back surgery is usually seen as a last resort by doctors and patients due to disadvantages like a large incision, overnight hospitalization and a long recovery period. That’s why this procedure isn’t typically considered until nonsurgical options like physical therapy, pain medication and epidural steroid injections have been fully explored.

Laser Spine Institute

Laser Spine Institute offers an alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed on an outpatient basis by highly skilled orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons. We use a smaller, muscle-sparing incision to access the spine, offering our patients a shorter recovery time^ and less risk of complication.

Contact Laser Spine Institute for a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.