Orthopedic clinics — what to expect

Orthopedic clinics are medical facilities with the purpose of treating conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. This means an orthopedic clinic can treat a broad range of areas and conditions as well as offer a variety of treatment options. For example, many of these centers focus on surgical spine procedures to treat injury or age-related conditions that can affect the neck or back.

If you are considering a surgical procedure to treat a spine condition such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease after weeks or months of conservative treatment has not brought relief, choosing the best orthopedic clinic and spine surgeon is extremely important. A good place to begin is with your primary care physician. He or she can refer you to orthopedic clinics near you that are staffed with licensed, reputable surgeons.

In addition to your personal physician, your friends and family are good sources of information as you consider your options. Are there particular orthopedic clinics where they might have had positive experiences? What were the drawbacks, if any? Would they choose to visit the same orthopedic clinic again, if necessary? These are important questions to ask, but there are other factors to consider as well.

What to look for in a surgeon

Before agreeing to undergo a back or neck procedure, look into the surgeon’s qualifications. Here is a preliminary checklist to follow:

  • Experience – Look for surgeons with a proven record consisting of years of experience successfully performing procedures.
  • Training – Ongoing education is important in the medical field, where practitioners must remain updated on the latest advances in technology.
  • Membership in professional associations – This demonstrates the practitioner’s involvement with and standing in his or her chosen field.
  • Certifications – An orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the neck and back should have completed, at the minimum, a one-year fellowship in spine surgery in addition to four years of surgical residency at a renowned hospital.

Beyond these basic considerations, you should look for orthopedic clinics and surgeons who make you feel comfortable. This means a surgeon who takes the time to explain procedures and a facility that is clean, well-lit and staffed by warm, friendly professionals.

Laser Spine Institute

For patients who have exhausted conservative treatment options but are concerned about the risks that can come with traditional open back procedures, Laser Spine Institute offers an alternative with minimally invasive spine surgery. Our highly skilled surgical team, including both neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons, uses a small incision to access the spine, sparing muscles and offering patients a shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional surgery.

Contact Laser Spine Institute for a no-cost MRI review* to see if you may be a potential candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery.