Finding the Best: How to Choose a Spine Surgeon

Up to 80 percent of adults experience back pain at some stage during their life. For many adults, the problem is only due to a minor condition.

However, some people with back or neck pain may have a spinal disorder.

Have you been recommended by your doctor to seek medical attention from a spine specialist?

You could require spine surgery. Check out our guide to learn how to choose a spine surgeon for you. Let’s get started!

spine surgeon explaining to patient about their back

1. Spine Surgery Trained

Every trained doctor has training in the spine. However, you want to get a specialist.

Therefore, you should make sure the surgeon has specific training in spine surgery. This should also include standard surgical residency requirements.

The more experience the surgeon has in spinal surgery, the more confident you can be that they’re the right surgeon for you.

 

2. Spine Specialist Most of the Time

Many physicians have specializations. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they practice their specializations most of the time.

You want to get a physician who is dedicated to spinal surgery. Therefore, they should be at the cutting edge of the medical field.

There are always emerging technologies, techniques, and research on spinal surgery. A physician with this knowledge is best placed to treat you.

 

3. You Feel Comfortable With Them

Trust between the patient and the physician is at the center of the relationship. You need to be able to feel comfortable with them.

This often comes down to clear communication. You should feel able to ask questions about your surgery and condition.

Do you feel your physician doesn’t answer your questions sufficiently? Are they always in a rush during your appointments?

If you don’t trust your physician, you may need to get a second opinion.

 

4. Question the Physician on Their Experience and Knowledge

You’re the patient. You have the right to question your physician on his or her experience in spinal surgery.

Do you want to know how times they have previously performed the same type of surgery? Can you speak to former patients about their experience of the spinal surgeon?

If you notice that the physician doesn’t welcome any questions, this should sound the alarms that they’re not to be trusted.

 

5. Does Your Medical Insurance Cover it?

Spinal surgery may or may not be covered by your medical insurance. You should be able to speak to your physician about this.

Before you make any decisions, make sure you can afford the medical bills. You don’t want to find yourself in financial trouble, as well as back pain.

 

Find the Best Spine Surgeon

Finding the best spine surgeon can be overwhelming. You need to make sure you get someone with the right experience and approach for you.

Follow our guide to help you to receive the medical treatment you deserve. Do you want to find out more about our medical services? Get in touch with us for more information and advice.

Florida Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Anthony P. Moreno received his Bachelor’s and Medical degrees from the University of Florida, where he graduated with honors. After that, he completed his orthopedic residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center/University of Miami. Dr. Moreno has also completed a Spine Surgery Fellowship at Hahnemann/Penn. As a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Moreno is also a member of the American College of Spine Surgery and speaker. For instance, he has done many presentations around the world on spinal surgical techniques. His knowledge and expertise can help with any of the most complex spinal cases. Read more about Dr. Moreno’s education, certification and credentials here.