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I need to find the right minimally invasive spine surgeon.

You’ve done your research, weighed all the outcomes and have decided to meet with a minimally invasive spine surgeon. Great! You’re on your way to a solution for your pain and discomfort. Read on to see how to evaluate and choose the best minimally invasive spine surgeon for you.

What makes a great minimally invasive spine surgeon?

It is often said that a good surgeon knows when to operate, and a great surgeon knows when not to operate. When you meet your surgeon for the first time, see if they feel pushy or anxious to get you to agree to a surgical procedure.

You don’t want your surgeon to give you the “hard sell” about spine surgery, or to steer you in a particular direction. If they do, then perhaps this particular surgeon is not the right one for you.

Choosing your surgeon

The decision to have surgery is a big one, which is why your doctor should be a resource in helping you make the best decision for your situation. They should present you with options about your procedure and also discuss the risks and benefits of each option.

While there are emergency situations where you may need to decide on surgery immediately, you should take the time to review your options when the time permits.

Although you may be dealing with pain and limited mobility, it’s always in your best interest to learn about your surgical options, your surgeon and what to expect from surgery.

How do I evaluate a minimally invasive spine surgeon?

When your surgeon recommends spine surgery, there are several things you should consider before choosing the spine doctor for your surgery. Remember, not all surgeons are created equal, so finding the right one is essential to both your health and well-being.

First and foremost, you should find a doctor who is trained in minimally invasive spine surgery. Not all surgeons in New Jersey are trained in this specialty field of surgery. Surgeons who are trained in minimally invasive spine surgery are able to handle both minimally invasive and open spine surgical procedures. This provides you with different options for surgery and also shows the doctors dedication to the field.

Doctors who have experience dealing with many different types of spinal problems may make your surgical experience a positive one. If your surgeon is a specialist who has trained in many different situations, then you can be more confident your specific condition can be managed effectively.

How do I choose a minimally invasive spine surgeon?

Choosing the right surgeon to perform your minimally invasive spine surgery can help place your mind at ease and let you feel comfortable about your decision to have surgery.

Your surgeon should explain the ins and outs of minimally invasive spine surgery and explain why it may benefit an active, healthy person who is dealing with back pain or sciatica.

A great surgeon listens actively and is available to answer all of your questions about your procedure. Your surgeon should also understand the importance of making the right decision for you and your family, and they should be a guide during that decision making process.

Build a relationship with your surgeon

Having a comfortable relationship with your doctor will help place your mind at ease about your surgery. When working with your doctor, your relationship should feel like a therapeutic alliance – both you and your doctor are working together to make decisions about your condition to ensure the best possible outcome for your back pain or sciatica.

Many people have questions and concerns about minimally invasive spine surgery. You should be comfortable enough to share your concerns with your doctor, and they should be happy to address these questions in a professional manner.

If you are dealing with low back pain or sciatica that limits your ability to engage in your normal, active lifestyle, you owe it to yourself and your family to find the right minimally invasive spine surgeon.

Finding a spine surgeon in NJ

At our New Jersey based neurosurgery practice, you will find board certified neurosurgeons with years of experience dealing with minimally invasive spine surgery. Their extensive training and experience in all areas of neurosurgery makes them the ideal candidates for your MIS surgery.

Although our surgeons are decorated with awards and accolades, the most important asset that they all have is the ability to listen and respond to your concerns and questions regarding your condition and treatment options.

They understand that having spine surgery is a big decision for you and your family, and that it is their responsibility to provide you with the information and support you need to make a decision.