What you should expect from an orthopedic institute

A reputable orthopedic institute should offer outstanding medical care in an environment that is comfortable and calming to you. A facility that takes a patient-centered approach believes that treating the whole person who comes in for relief is an important addition and offers the best possible outcome for surgical treatment. This means providing surgeons and support staff who demonstrate care, compassion and take the time to explain conditions and treatments in a way that patients can understand. Offering a personalized medical journey can be an important part of the patient experience.

The medical review

Knowing what to expect during your first visit to an orthopedic institute is one way to feel at ease. Specialists in the orthopedic practice should thoroughly review your medical history and perform:

  • A symptom review. Your orthopedic physician will ask you about the nature of your spine pain, including its location, severity and frequency. An orthopedic institute may also administer a questionnaire to gauge how much or how little your back pain affects your everyday life.
  • A physical exam. The physical exam may have several components, including tests for reflexes, flexibility and joint mobility. An orthopedic physician may also feel certain areas of the spine to check for pain or inflammation. If you’ve reported lower back disc pain, your physician may check for sciatic nerve compression using a test that involves raising your leg off the ground.
  • An MRI or CT scan. Medical imaging tests allow the specialists at your orthopedic institute to pinpoint the exact location of spinal damage and check for conditions like spinal narrowing (spinal stenosis), bone cysts, bone spurs, deformity, herniated discs, bulging discs and other conditions.
  • Additional tests. The physicians at your orthopedic clinic may also perform blood work and diagnostic injections.

If a surgical recommendation is made, it’s important that you understand the procedure and ask questions about outcomes, recovery times and the surgeon’s experience with the procedure.

At Laser Spine Institute

The decision to undergo open neck or back surgery is an important one that can have a huge impact on your life. Traditional open spine procedures performed at many orthopedic facilities have significant downsides, including a large incision, extended hospitalization and long rehabilitation periods. This is why most physicians will fully explore conservative treatments before considering surgery.

If you have exhausted nonsurgical treatment options recommended by your doctor, but are concerned about the risks and difficulties of traditional open spine surgery, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is an alternative to traditional open back procedures because we use a smaller, muscle-sparing incision that offers a shorter recovery time^ and less risk of complication for our patients. As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we have helped more than 75,000 patients get their lives back from chronic neck and back pain.

Contact us for a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to see if you may be a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.