What type of doctor should I see for spinal fusions?

The choice to have spinal fusion surgery is one that should be seriously considered and researched thoroughly before moving forward with the procedure.

One of the most important things you should consider is what type of doctor you should see for your spinal fusion. The two most common options are orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons. Make sure you know the difference between the two so you can make a confident decision about the spinal surgery you choose.

Orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons

Orthopedic surgeons perform surgery to treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the vertebrae, discs, ligaments and other components of the spine. Neurosurgeons, on the other hand, perform surgery to treat disorders of the nervous system, which includes the spinal cord and nerve roots. The type of surgeon that will be most qualified to perform surgery will depend largely on the exact degenerative condition with which you’ve been diagnosed.

For example, if you’re in the late stages of facet joint disease and have bone spurs compressing multiple spinal nerve roots in your lower back (lumbar spine), an orthopedic surgeon may be the best doctor to remove the bone spurs and fuse the damaged vertebrae. Or, if a severely ruptured disc in your neck (cervical spine) has compressed the spinal cord, a neurosurgeon may be better suited to remove the disc and complete a spinal fusion procedure.

The advantage of Laser Spine Institute

At Laser Spine Institute, our patients have access to the top neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons in the industry. Our surgeons are leaders in the field of spine surgery, as well as well-respected members of the medical community. When you choose Laser Spine Institute, you are choosing the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. In fact, more people every year choose Laser Spine Institute for spine surgery than any other surgery center in the world.

We offer two types of minimally invasive spine surgery: decompression and stabilization. For many patients, our minimally invasive decompression surgery offers an effective Both procedures offer a safer and effective approach to spine surgery than traditional open back surgery.

Contact our spine care specialists today to learn about the advantages of our minimally invasive surgery and our 96 patient satisfaction score^.