How to find a good surgeon

Finding a good spine surgeon can make a world of difference in the outcome of your spinal surgery and it is an important decision that you can’t take lightly. If nonsurgical and conservative treatments like physical therapy, exercise or chiropractic procedures have failed to ease your neck and back pain and you have discussed surgery with your doctor, the next step will be selecting your surgeon.

An experienced and trusted surgeon can help prevent a patient from developing failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), which results in a patient experiencing the same symptoms after surgery or even possibly having their conditions worsen. The following information in this article will help you make an educated decision to finding a spine surgeon that is right for your condition.

Qualities to look for when finding a good surgeon

If you have started your search for a spine surgeon, the sheer number of potential choices can be overwhelming. However, it’s a good idea to develop a list of questions to ask your surgeon before your surgery. Here are a few basic guidelines you can use when narrowing your potential candidates. You should seek out a spine surgeon who is:

  • Certified. Ensure your surgeon is board-certified and fellowship-trained in spinal surgery.
  • Focused. Make sure your surgeon devotes a significant amount of practice time to spinal conditions. This will ensure that your surgeon is current with the field’s latest developments.
  • Comforting. Choose a surgeon you feel comfortable with, one you can trust to keep you informed and one you feel that truly cares about both you and your condition.
  • Experienced. Ask potential surgeons how many procedures they have performed and if they can refer you to former patients to share their experiences.
  • Recommended. Seek out the advice of friends or family members who have had surgeries, ask your doctor for a referral or use a trusted physician referral service.
  • Free of disciplinary problems. You can check with your State Medical Board to find out if your surgeon has had any disciplinary actions taken against his or her license.

Alternatives to finding a good surgeon

Even if you have found a spine surgeon that you feel comfortable with, the surgery itself can be a potentially difficult obstacle to overcome. Open back surgeries traditionally require highly invasive procedures and lengthy recovery periods that even the best surgeon simply can’t help you avoid. However, due to recent advances in medicine and laser science, patients today have an effective alternative to open back surgery in the form of minimally invasive spine surgery.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute offers a variety of outpatient procedures to treat many spinal conditions. Our team has helped more than 75,000 patients find neck and back relief since 2005. We also have a 96 patient satisfaction score and a patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^

If you’d like to learn about the outpatient procedures we perform at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today and speak to our dedicated team. Ask for your no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery.