Researching and evaluating a spinal doctor is critical in treatment for your back or neck pain. Some important information to know about selecting a spine surgeon before your first visit can include:
- Is the surgeon board-certified?
- Is the surgeon fellowship-trained?
- How many spine surgeries does the surgeon do annually?
In addition to getting to know your surgeon's experience and area of expertise, it is important to ask questions about your condition and/or recommended procedure. Taking time to learn about your healthcare options will help set expectations for yourself and aid in your decision-making process.
Answering these five questions can help provide you with important information on your journey to spine health:
- What non-surgical options are there?
- What technology and advanced techniques does the surgeon use?
- How can I prepare myself, loved-ones and home for this surgery or procedure?
- How long is my hospital stay if I do need surgery?
- How long will it take me to recover and get back to an active lifestyle?
Bring paper and a pen to jot down notes during your consultation. Understanding the type of surgery recommended, potential benefits and expected outcomes of your procedure will help prepare and educate you and your family members.
Learning about advanced technology like robotic spine surgery can help you choose the right healthcare providers and treatment option for your condition.. Robotic assistance using minimally invasive techniques yields remarkable patient outcomes, improved accuracy, with a better success rate for the surgeon and the patient.
Many spine procedures are done in an outpatient setting, allowing you to recover comfortably at home. Outpatient surgery centers have been very popular during the pandemic as healthy patients typically avoid unnecessary trips to the larger hospitals.
Feeling confident in your surgeon’s ability and treatment plan will offer peace of mind. Planning and educating yourself will positively impact your expectations, patient experience and overall outcomes.
Dr. Payam Moazzaz offers both in-person and online consultations for back and neck pain treatment options and surgical second opinions. Contact Dr. Moazzaz for an in-depth evaluation at 760 904 5444 or visit www.sandiegospinesurgeon.com.
Dr. Payam Moazzaz is a board certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeon with over a decade of experience treating complex spinal disorders in San Diego, California.