At Jersey Spine Associates, we are here to provide you with the support and resources you need regarding your spinal health. We will be happy to answer your questions and go over the details of your procedure with you in person, but we encourage you to review these spinal FAQs as well.
What Is an Orthopedic Surgeon?
An orthopedic surgeon is a surgeon who has been educated and trained to diagnose and treat injuries and diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons may be called upon to treat a number of conditions affecting the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and nerves, such as the following:
- Fractures and breaks
- Sprains and strains
- Muscle damage
- Torn ligaments
- Spine disorders
- Spinal injuries
What Kind of Qualifications Does a Spinal Surgeon Need?
A spinal surgeon is a subspecialty of orthopedics, so not all orthopedic surgeons are qualified to become spine surgeons. In order to become a spine surgeon, the surgeon must undergo special training to learn the precise and complex techniques required by spinal surgery. In addition to passing medical school, a spine surgeon must also complete five years of orthopedic surgery residency and another year for a spine surgery fellowship.
When Do I Need to See a Spinal Surgeon?
Spine surgeons are qualified to diagnose and treat conditions of the spine and are generally consulted in matters of back or neck pain. If you are experiencing back or neck pain that has not responded to medications or that has a negative impact on your quality of life, you may need to see a spinal surgeon. Keep in mind that spinal surgery is usually the final step in the treatment of spinal injuries and diseases; most doctors recommend medical treatment and physical therapy before they will recommend surgery.
What Will My Recovery Be Like?
Every person’s recovery period after spine surgery will be different. The more invasive and complex your procedure, the longer and more difficult your recovery is likely to be. Depending on the procedure you receive, you may be required to wear a brace to provide support during healing and you might need to undergo physical therapy for weeks or months after the procedure.
What if My Procedure Isn’t Covered by Insurance?
If your procedure isn’t covered by your insurance plan, we will still be happy to treat you. Before you come in for your initial visit, call your insurance plan to see if you have any out-of-network benefits. We will do everything we can to help minimize your out-of-pocket costs.
What Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Minimally invasive spine surgery is performed with a small incision and guided by x-ray visuals. This kind of surgery can only be applied to minor problems, but it can greatly reduce blood loss, post-operative pain, recovery time, and the risk of infection. Minimally invasive spine surgery may be able to treat minor cases of certain conditions like lower back pain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative scoliosis.
Why Should I Choose Jersey Spine Associates?
At Jersey Spine Associates, we have a team of highly trained and educated professionals on hand at all times. We have many years of experience in the industry, and all of our office locations are serviced by board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Ravi K. Ponnappan, MD.