FAQ: Spine Services

Questions to Ask Your Spine Surgeon

Many surgeons who perform spine procedures did not complete dedicated intense training focused solely on spine surgery known as a fellowship. Both Drs. Shridharani and Hood completed fellowships in Spine Surgery at a top Spine Surgery training program.
Spine Surgery is a high-risk field. Do your homework before you choose your surgeon. Neither Dr. Shridharani nor Dr. Hood have been sued for medical malpractice.
Some spine surgeons receive additional compensation every time they put in a screw or implant in the spine. This could be a conflict-of-interest. Neither Dr. Shridharani nor Dr. Hood receive compensation outside of the usual surgeon’s fees when performing a patient’s operation.
Don’t be a guinea pig. You want a surgeon who performs the type of surgery you need on a routine basis. Dr. Shridharani and Dr. Hood have performed thousands of spinal operations.
Make sure that you and your surgeon are in agreement on purpose of the operation. For example, do you want the surgery to improve your sciatica or back pain?
Spine Surgery is high risk. Make sure your surgeon discusses the potential complications with you in detail and their specific rates of complications.
Before you proceed with surgery, make sure you’ve tried all reasonable non-surgical options. Examples of non-surgical options include physical therapy, spinal injections, and weight loss.
Some spinal disorders require spinal fusion surgery. However, not all patients need to undergo fusion surgery, and sometimes a less-invasive approach is preferred.
We use a team approach to help take care of you before, during, and after surgery. An integrated team of Spine surgeons, anesthesiologists, internal medicine physicians, intensive care specialists, nurse practioners, physician assistants, and nurses work together closely to ensure that you receive the best care.