Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine AssociatesAre you looking for a doctor who can do your back pain surgery or a center where you can have it done? You may feel like you have a lot of options and like choosing the one that is best for you is overwhelming or frustrating. It may be hard to decide where you want to have your back pain surgery done and who you want to have do it when you’re also dealing with pain every day. This is such an important decision for you. Here are some ways to find the best pack pain doctors and surgery centers for you.

Start by talking to people you know. Your friends, family members, and neighbors may have had back pain surgery in the past and might know someone wonderful who they can recommend to you. On the other hand, they may have had a negative experience somewhere and can tell you who or where to avoid. Either way, this is a great place to start because personal recommendations can mean a lot when you’re dealing with something as serious as back pain surgery.

You can look online for reviews of doctors and surgery centers, too. There are many sites where people can leave detailed descriptions of their experiences with both doctors and centers. While some of these people may be the type who only leave a review when they are upset, this can reinforce what you learn when you talk to your family and friends.

Talk to your regular doctor, too. In fact, he or she may be your most valuable resource when it comes to choosing a back pain surgery center and doctor. If your doctor has worked with a neurosurgeon before and had a good experience, you may feel better about trusting your care to that person. If your doctor’s recommendations overlap with those of your family and friends, you may be in an even better position to definitively choose who you want to have do your surgery and where you want to have it done.

Your insurance company will also play a part in your choice. Unless you can pay for your surgery and care out of pocket, you’ll want to choose someone who is in-network for your insurance. All you need to do is call your insurance company or the individual doctor’s office to find out whether they are covered and how much things will cost you. If a doctor isn’t willing to give you an estimated cost up front – at least for your first appointment – you may not want to work with that office for your back pain surgery.
Finally, meet with any doctor you think you want to work with before you commit to the process. After all, you may not like the doctor or his/her bedside manner, and this can make it difficult to have them doing your surgery. Choose someone you like who you have reason to believe will do a good job on your back pain surgery, and, hopefully, you will be pain-free soon.