Frequently asked questions

Do I have to have surgery?

No. Meeting with a spine surgeon is only the first step in managing spine related pain. Most patients will not need any surgery at all. Part of meeting with a spine surgeon is so that we may explain to you what is going on and what remedies exist to treat your condition.

Where can I find more information about my spine surgery?

I have a binder in my office to provide to patients undergoing spine surgery. Please ask me for one. In addition, the hospital provides a class every Thursday afternoon from 4-6pm that goes over the peri-operative and post-operative course for spine surgery patients. Online: www.AANS.org. This site provides extensive information about surgical conditions and possible treatments.

Do I have to spend the night in the hospital?

Sometimes. Please discuss the details of your surgery with me. Some surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis.

Will I get pain medication?

Yes. I will take over pain medication prescriptions after surgery, generally for up to 90 days following spine surgery.

Who can I ask about other questions I may have about spine surgery?

Please contact my office with any questions you may have about spine surgery. I am happy to speak to you in the office or over the phone if you have additional questions.

Do you see second opinions?

Yes. I see many patients for a second opinion. I also see patients who have had surgery elsewhere who may have new or additional problems.