Tips for Choosing a Great Spinal Surgeon

Docotor Hyun W Bae

Making the decision to undergo spinal surgery is often the first step towards regaining an enhanced quality of life. The healing results obtained through a spinal procedure can produce a freedom from debilitating pain that allows patients to enjoy greater mobility and enables them to participate fully in daily activities. Surgeons who dedicate their work to conditions that are confined to the spine are the best option when looking for a great doctor.

Finding a qualified and experienced spine surgeon in Los Angeles is the key to a successful outcome after surgery. It is recommended that patients interview a handful of potential surgeons in order to find a doctor who can offer various treatment options and address any concerns in a thoughtful way. A professional surgeon will take the time to go over all of the options available for a specific condition of the spine in addition to explaining both the benefits and risks of a procedure. Conducting thoughtful research on treatment options is a significant way for patients to empower themselves in the medical decision making process.

Surgeons who devote most of their cases to spine surgery are the most qualified and experienced practitioners. Here are a few key or “trigger” words and phrases to keep an eye out for when looking for and choosing a qualified spine surgeon:

  • Board Certified

    Board certified orthopedic surgeons or neurosurgeons are doctors who perform spinal surgery and has at least one year of spine surgery fellowship after residency. Generally, orthopedic surgeons who perform spinal procedures are focused more on deformities while neurosurgeons are more likely to address tumors of the spine.

  • Focus or Emphasis in Spinal Care

    Practitioners who focus their work exclusive on spinal cases are more up to date in current procedures and new techniques that are specific to spinal surgery than surgeons who perform a large array of procedures ranging from traditional back and neck fusions to spine surgeries that are minimally invasive.

  • North American Spine Society Member 

    Surgeons who belong to the North American Spine Society are required to devote at least half of their practice to treating conditions of the spine and will have a wealth of experience and knowledge about how to determine the best course of action for your particular back or neck condition.

Whether you are actively looking for a spinal surgeon or simply have a few questions about how to treat a specific spinal condition, it’s important to have access to the right resources and information. The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration is located in Los Angeles, CA and has a team of board-certified and board-eligible orthopedic surgeons who can assist you with your particular needs. Reach out to us today at (310) 828-7757 for more information and request information or an in-person consultation.