Choosing a spine surgeon isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Spine surgery is a major procedure, so it’s important to carefully consider your options and select an orthopedic surgeon who you can trust with your health and quality of life. 

Below are five things to look for when choosing a spine surgeon. 

1. Training

A spine surgeon who has completed a fellowship has trained under the tutelage of senior spine experts. Additionally, a doctor’s training background can reveal their specialties and areas of focus, along with their continued training with new technologies.

2. Experience 

A spine surgeon doesn’t necessarily need decades of experience under their belt to be trustworthy, but it never hurts to have someone with significant experience performing the type of surgery you’re seeking. 

3. Accreditations

Accreditations let a patient know that a doctor has met and maintains certain standards of education, training, competence, and ethical conduct in their work. The American Board of Orthopedic Surgery is a common accreditation for spine surgeons, as is the American Board of Surgery.

4. Facility and Location

It’s not just the person performing the surgery that’s important. It’s also the facility where they’ll be doing it. Don’t be afraid to visit a facility in person to get a feel for its atmosphere as well as verify its cleanliness and comfortability. It also helps when the location is convenient and close to home. Thankfully, our surgery center in Morehead City is just one of many convenient locations for those in need of surgery in Morehead City and its surrounding communities.

5. Personality and Rapport

At the end of the day, you need to feel comfortable with the person performing your surgery and feel like you can put all of your trust into them. Do they take the time to answer all of your questions, make you feel at ease, and listen to all your concerns?

Schedule Your Appointment 

The spine surgeons at Carolinas Center for Surgery are trained, experienced, and board-certified while working in our state-of-the-art surgery center in Morehead City, NC. Get to know our surgeons better by reading their biographies and schedule an appointment for a consultation to meet with our staff in person and ask any questions you have about our practice and procedures.

Selecting a spine surgeon is a big decision. That’s why so many people choose those at Carolinas Center for Surgery.