Choosing a Specialist

In general, choose a surgeon who routinely performs and perfects the procedure you need, and whose practice is dedicated to spine surgery.  This focus allows a surgeon to be more qualified and current in the latest surgical techniques, further insuring your successful outcome.

A fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon or neurologist has extended their general orthopaedic study to receive additional training specifically related to the back and neck.

  •  Look for a board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeon, regardless of whether the doctor is an orthopaedic surgeon or neurosurgeon.

Questions you should ask:

  • Is the surgeon doing mostly spine surgery, or general orthopaedics?

  • Is the surgeon fellowship trained in spine surgery?

  • Is the surgeon trained in minimally-invasive surgery?

 Your surgeon should be able to:

  • Make you feel comfortable.

  • Fully explain your diagnosis.

  • Answer all of your questions.

  • Describe the range of options available to you, including non-surgical care alternatives.