What Type Of Surgery Do I Need?

Patients who tell us they have seen other surgeons whom have recommended a procedure most frequently report they feel confused by the experience. Why the surgery is performed, what it hopes to accomplish, how it is performed, what alternatives exist? These are all questions our patients frequently tell us they still have, despite having had a consultation that ended with the recommendation of a spine surgery.

It is very easy to understand how the consumer of medicine can be confused by the overwhelming amount of information available regarding spine surgery. Anterior surgery, posterior surgery, lateral surgery, fusion surgery, decompression surgery without fusion, disc replacement; how does the decision get made what surgery is appropriate?

Frequently, there are multiple approaches which have the ability to be equally effective for a variety of problems. For example, what one surgeon may do from the front of the spine, another surgeon may do posteriorly. If done for the right diagnosis and performed well, they may both have the ability to be equally successful.

In general, the decision as to which type of surgery any surgeon would perform reflects the surgeon’s preference, training, and experience. Spine surgery in the 21st century has been changed dramatically by the development of minimally invasive techniques. The same type of problems that were traditionally (and frequently still are) treated with large, debilitating procedures with multiple levels of spinal fusion, months of recovery time, and a lifetime of associated back pain are now performed through small incisions on an outpatient basis by surgeons trained in these techniques.

Doctor Spears is fellowship trained in both spinal reconstruction and minimally invasive spine surgery. In his fellowship he trained with the leaders in the fields of minimally invasive surgery from both orthopedic and neurosurgical disciplines. He was one of the first surgeons in the country to be fellowship trained in all forms of minimally invasive surgery of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. His surgical practice is 100% committed to performing surgery of the spine.

Our goal is to use our training, which is continually being updated and expanded; our knowledge of science; and the results of evidence-based research to determine together what option is best for your problem.

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