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Best surgeon

michaelcmmichaelc Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My wife is in need of lower back surgery. Her condition is herniated discs and lumbar spinal stenosis. She has tried accupunture, epidural and traction with no luck. Now her lower legs and feet are completely numb.

I want her to have the very best surgeon in the Northwest. I have heard Washington State Medical Center in Seattle was superior, but don't know what surgeon is the most experienced (best).

Can anyone recomend the best back surgeon? Thank You


  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    She should get consultations with a few Orthopedic Spine Surgeons and Neurosurgeons in the area. Her Primary Care or even OB/Gyn may be able to provide recommendations. I found my surgeon though an acquaintance who had successful surgery and loved the surgeon.

    It's hard to say who "the best" surgeon is as there are many different surgical methods. So she (and you) have to find one you are comfortable with. Do you know anyone who has had back surgery? Ask them who they saw and if they would recommend that surgery. Also ask if they know of surgeons to avoid.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • michael - wow both legs/feet? That is so sad. Please pass this on to your wife from me :hug:

    Talk talk and talk some more to everyone you can - get recommendations from anyone and everyone. Look them up online. Which truthfully is not always very helpful ( in my opinion/experiences ) Then go and interview a few Drs. Have your list of questions ready. Don't be afraid to ask anything you/your wife want to know. Remember YOU are hiring THEM ;)

    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Hi - Wishing your wife the best of luck! I'm in LA, so just know the people here. One tip I can give you in searching is to talk to the nurses on staff - many have worked with other area surgeons, and can give you some off-the-record thoughts. Also - don't hesitate to ask them if they have any ex-patients who would be willing to talk to you about their experience. Also, try this - http://www.beckersorthopedicandspine.com/lists-and-statistics/949-50-of-the-best-spine-specialists-in-america

    Good luck!
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