Spine surgery can look different for every individual. Whether you need to correct a spinal deformity, have a herniated disk, or you’ve experienced an injury and conservative approaches aren’t providing relief, you may be considering spine surgery.
Zachary Lovato, D.O., is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in spine surgery. When working with his patients on determining the best course of treatment, Dr. Lovato makes recommendations for the procedure he feels will help the patient most. He’s skilled in both minimally invasive procedures as well as traditional surgeries.
“I like to have a lot of tools in my toolbox so I can use whatever is right for the patient to help them regain their quality of life,” he says. “I tell my patients, ‘This is what I would do if you were my mom or dad, or my grandma or grandpa,’ and I stand by my recommendation. I want to do what is best for the patient.”
Seeing his patients improve and get their quality of life back is one of the things Dr. Lovato enjoys most about his job. “When a patient has a good outcome, and when they say ‘I’m so happy I had that surgery,’ that’s my favorite part.”
For patients considering spine surgery, Dr. Lovato recommends the following steps to help identify the treatment and procedure that’s right for them:
- Meet with your doctor to identify the issue. What’s causing your pain? Have conservative treatment options provided any relief?
- Discuss surgical options with your doctor. Is surgery the right choice? What type of surgery is best for you?
- Identify next steps. When can you have the surgery? How should you prepare? What does recovery look like?
- Make a plan for recovery. Following the surgery, how quickly can you resume regular activities? Is any physical therapy needed? Know what to expect in advance so you can plan accordingly.
If you’re experiencing neck or back pain, or want to know the best course of treatment to help correct a spine issue, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Let us help you get back to a more active, pain-free lifestyle.