Tips For Finding a Top Spine Surgeon in Atlanta

If you need a spine procedure performed, you don’t want to entrust yourself to just anyone. Spine surgery is a highly specialized field requiring flawless precision, so it is critical to find a surgeon with an excellent track record and years of experience. So how you choose a top Atlanta spine surgeon? Here are some tips to help guide you to the right physician.

Check their education and experience

These days, most physicians’ professional credentials can be found online, including where they got their education, how long they’ve been practicing, their areas of specialty, and sometimes even how many procedures they’ve performed. When vetting spine surgeons or other physicians, start with a simple Google search of their names. Note where they went to school, and if you like, do some research on the school itself to see if it’s reputable. Make sure the doctor’s level of experience is at a level you’re comfortable with.

Check their affiliations

A good resource to find a top spine surgeon is to check the rosters of one or more professional associations, like the North American Spine SocietyAmerican Board of Spine Surgery or the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. The benefit of this approach is that these associations hold their members to a certain set of standards, which helps improve patient trust that their surgeon has agreed to abide by those standards.

Check to see if the surgeon is board certified

Board certification is another standard that helps ensure you are working with a qualified and trustworthy spine surgeon. Websites like Certification Matters and the American Board of Physician Specialities (ABPS) maintain searchable databases so you can confirm whether your surgeon is board certified.

Check referrals and patient reviews

Of course, as with any other profession, the best referrals are word-of-mouth. The experiences of other patients will offer worlds of information about the physician’s practices, manner and expertise. is just one trusted resource that provides overall ratings of doctors and surgeons, including patient reviews. Polaris Spine and Neurosurgery Center has been providing top quality, compassionate and state-of-the-art care to our Atlanta patients for more than 35 years. All our surgeons are board certified and members of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and all are committed to providing each patient with the personalized care they’ve come to expect. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 404.256.2633.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Keeping Our Patients Safe During COVID-19

With guidance from the Center for Disease Control and local public health departments, our Outpatient Surgery Center (OSC) has taken great care to create its own set of guidelines to promote a safe option for surgical intervention.

4 Myths About Regenerative Injection Therapy

In recent years, regenerative injection therapies (like stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma, or PRP) have become very popular as treatment options for back, spine and sports injuries.

Are X-Rays Enough to Diagnose A Spine Injury?

These days, when someone suffers an injury or experiences pain in their spine, neck, back or joints, the default assumption is, “I’ll just get an X-ray, and that will tell me what’s wrong.” However, an X-ray is just one of several types of medical imaging

Patient's Guide to Sports-Related Spine Injuries

For athletes, sports injuries are a fact of life. When you’re depending on your body to push it to the finish line and meet extraordinary physical goals, there’s bound to be some collateral damage along the road.