Important Rhizotomy Procedure & Related Information

Finding a Qualified Rhizotomy Surgeon

If you follow the following guide you will be able to locate the best and most qualified rhizotomy surgeon available to you. Although you could use this guide for finding any qualified spine surgeon, some of it is specific to neurology.

If you are considering a spinal rhizotomy, the task of finding the correct surgeon can be daunting. You don’t just want any surgeon; you want someone who is experienced in treating neurological back disorders; you are looking for a surgeon who chooses quality over quantity. A doctor who only sees patients with neurological conditions is generally more knowledgeable about newer techniques and the best ways to go about treating your condition.

An ideal surgeon is one who is a board certified Orthopaedic or Neurological surgeon who has also completed a spine fellowship. A fellowship shows that the surgeon has taken time to assist a more experienced spine surgeon in their practice; learning from them the best possible ways to treat back injuries and conditions.

Avoid surgeons that are all about shuffling patients in and out the door, this is your life, your back, and if you choose a surgeon who only see’s dollar signs when you walk through the door, you will not get the care and attention you deserve.

What to look for in a Surgeon

Many times your insurance will limit what spine specialist you can see, however if you are afforded the opportunity to choose a surgeon for yourself you will need to arm yourself with the correct information so that you may pick the surgeon best suited to treat you, having your best interest at heart.

  1. Do not be afraid to ask about their qualifications; are they board certified, do they have a fellowship, both of these show a willingness to expand their knowledge of the back and ways to go about repairing it. You will want to look for someone who has both of these.
  2. How much experience do they have; ask how long they have been performing spinal surgeries and more specifically rhizotomy procedures. How many surgeries have they performed in the past. Those with only a small amount of time invested but a large amount of surgeries performed tend to be chop shops that are only in it for the money. Look for someone who has been in the field for awhile and has a more normal amount of surgeries performed.
  3. Do they keep up to date on the newest technologies and do they apply them to their practice.
  4. Are they willing to refer you to former patients who may be able to give you insight on their surgery and their experiences?
  5. Do they mainly deal with neurological and other spine conditions?; someone who only concentrates on spine conditions is more likely to be up to date on the best ways to go about helping a patient regain normal back functions.
  6. Do you feel comfortable with them; are you able to communicate well with the doctor and do you feel like they are actually listening to you? Are they providing you with all the information you want and are they taking the time to explain to you anything that might be confusing? Basically do they put you at ease?
  7. Do they come highly recommended?
  8. Are they open to allowing you to get a second opinion

If your surgeon does any of the following it is best for you to seek out a better and more qualified surgeon:

  1. Does not answer all of your questions or answers them in a way that is confusing and does not explain themselves properly.
  2. Do they offer surgery as a first option; a good surgeon will always look for a way to fix your back without having to put you through a major surgery. If surgery can be avoided by using less aggressive non-surgical means this is always your best bet. Remember surgery should always be the very last option once all other treatments have been exhausted.
  3. Does not fully explain to you what treatments would be best for you; what techniques that can be employed; how much they cost; what their success rates are; and what you can expect to gain from the operation.
  4. Does not allow you to make the decision yourself and tries to push you into the surgery.

If you are at all concerned about your surgeon contact your state Medical Board to see if there have ever been any complaints with this surgeon in the past.

December 31st, 2010 at 6:41 pm

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