How to choose a MIS doctor
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Selecting a spine surgeon is one of the most important decisions you may ever need to make. Although most spine surgeries do not need to be performed immediately, finding the best surgeon and medical care can be a daunting task. The purpose of this article is to provide you with guidelines MIS surgeons agree upon.
Board Certified and Fellowship Trained
Make sure the MIS spine surgeon is board certified and fellowship trained in spine. A fellowship program is sub-specialty training beyond the usual surgical residency requirements.
Board certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) or American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) means the surgeon has met particular educational Board requirements including evaluation and examination. These are the only spine surgeon boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Subspecialties (ABMS).
Fellowship training is a one or two year advanced program where the surgeon works specifically in treating spinal disorders. Such rigorous and demanding programs, usually under a specialist in the spine field, means the surgeon is highly skilled and qualified.
Trust and good communication are essential to all relationships, especially with your MIS surgeon!
Finding a MIS Surgeon
It is not uncommon for patients to be referred to a MIS surgeon by their primary care physician, other health care practitioner, friend, or relative. Alternatively, the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery provides patients with tools helpful in finding the right MIS surgeon.
Active members of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) are board certified orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons with known expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery. Each member is nominated by an established MIS colleague and their membership is approved by the Society Board of Directors comprised of the world experts in minimally invasive spine surgery. Each member must maintain ongoing training and make scientific contributions to the field of MIS spine surgery.