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Spine Surgeon

What is a Spine Surgeon?

Either an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon can undergo specialized training to become a spine surgeon. An orthopedic surgeon specializes in the musculoskeletal system, including bones, ligaments, joints, and muscles. They have expertise correcting scoliosis and other spinal deformities. Neurosurgeons are specifically trained to treat the nervous system, including the brain, spine, and spinal cord.

While most back problems can be resolved without surgery, this type of specialist provides surgical and minimally invasive procedures on some of the 16 million Americans who suffer from chronic back pain. Our UTHealth spine surgeons use minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat complex back and spine issues, including spinal deformities and degenerative conditions.

UTHealth Neurosciences pain management specialist Dr. Hiral Patel and neurosurgeon Dr. Krish Vigneswaran discuss the causes of lower back pain and different medical treatment options for it.

When to see a Spine Surgeon

When chronic or severe back or neck pain is not relived by medication or therapy, you should schedule an appointment with one of our spine surgeons. If back pain is interfering with everyday activities, you should request a consultation.

What to expect during a visit to a Spine Surgeon

A spine surgeon will use diagnostic imaging, including MRIs, CTs, and X-rays to pinpoint your pain. Your doctor will discuss your medical history, family history, and your specific symptoms. Make sure your spine surgeon has access to your past medical records prior to your first appointment. Take time to write down your questions, concerns, and symptoms before the visit.

Treatments by a Spine Surgeon

Spine surgery may be recommended when the exact cause of pain can’t be identified and when other treatments are not effective in providing relief. Surgical treatments that might be performed by a spine surgeon include spinal fusion, discectomy, laminectomy, and joint replacement. Your spine surgeon will discuss your specific treatment plan and detail the recovery process.

What you can expect at UTHealth Neurosciences

UTHealth Neurosciences brings together a multidisciplinary team of board-certified, fellowship-trained neuro-ophthalmologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, researchers, and pain management specialists who works to help provide relief for even the most complex problems. Your team will share insights, leading to better treatment decisions and outcomes.

We first investigate nonsurgical treatment options, including medical management, pain management, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and watchful waiting. When surgery is needed, our neurosurgeons routinely employ innovative minimally invasive techniques. Throughout the treatment process, we will work closely with the doctor who referred you to ensure a smooth transition back to your regular care. While you are with us, you will receive expert care, excellent communication, and genuine compassion.

Contact Us

At UTHealth Neurosciences, we offer patients access to specialized neurological care at clinics across the greater Houston area. To ask us a question, schedule an appointment, or learn more about us, please call (713) 486-8000, or click below to send us a message. In the event of an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.