If you suffer from any type of back or neck pain, it’s important that you choose a physician you know you can trust to help you get the best care you available. Often, however, orthopedic surgeons may not be free to discuss every single aspect of what a patient should do to ensure they find the best doctor for their needs. In other instances, time constraints may be tight and your surgeon will not have the extra minutes it takes to keep you as informed as possible about your options and things you can do proactively to be sure you’re making the best decisions possible.
Here are some important tips that Dr. Sol Kamson at the Spine Institute Northwest has decided to share with you, so you will be assured that your spine surgeon and the medical care you receive have been completely vetted and cleared by the most important person who needs this knowledge: you, the patient.
Tip #1: Consult With a Second Physician
When seeking out relief from back pain or sciatica, Dr. Sol Kamson understands that there are always multiple options to explore. He will never be annoyed or concerned if you decide to seek out a second opinion. Perhaps Dr. Kamson will even be the second opinion you reach out to. What’s important is that you find the right treatment plan for you, with a doctor you can trust to manage or eliminate your pain.
Tip #2: Don’t Simply Rely upon Your Primary Care Physician’s Referral
Your PCP may have a professional relationship with a spine surgeon, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that this specialist is the ideal doctor for your needs. Perform you own additional research and seek out a doctor who specializes in spinal pain relief. Dr. Kamson is an interventional pain management and minimally invasive spine surgeon who has helps scores of patients return to living a normal life once again.
Tip#3: Contact Former Patients
Don’t simply rely upon what you read on-line. It’s a good idea to speak with patients who have used the surgeon you are considering. Dr. Kamson has videotaped patient testimonials on his web site that you can listen to, for example. Call the Spine Institute Northwest offices if you’d like information about contacting a patient directly.
Tip #4: Bring Someone to Your Appointments
When you go to your appointment with a spinal surgeon, it’s a great idea to always bring a family member along. In this way, your doctor will view you as a real person. Not only will the surgeon meet your loved one(s), but your companion will be able to recall and understand everything that’s being said in the event that you become nervous or forget to ask questions.
Tip #5: Ask Who Will Be in the O.R.
Dr. Solomon Kamson performs minimally invasive and other surgical procedures. But as an informed patient, it’s important to always ask a doctor who will actually be in the operating room during the procedure. Ask to meet them beforehand.
Tip #6: Ask About the Risks Involved
Though someone like Dr. Kamson will always inform you of any risks involved with your surgery, it’s good to ask what, specifically, are his concerns for you as an individual.
Tip #7: Mistakes Can Happen
Surgical errors can and do occur from time to time. Ensure that you choose a spine surgeon who specializes in this field.
Tip #8: Don’t Expect Miracles
Some spine issues can’t be completely fixed, even with surgery. Ask Dr. Kamson about his expectations for your recovery.
Tip #9: Non-Surgical Options
Ask if surgery is the only option, as other initial treatments may be fine for your particular condition.
Tip #10: There Are No Cookie-Cutter Doctors
Each spine surgeon is different. The ideal surgeon in this field is one like Solomon Kamson MD, who is constantly educating himself on the latest techniques and options for spine and sciatica relief.
For more information, please contact the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, directly at 888-530-4621.