If I see a surgeon, does that mean I definitely will have surgery?
No, each of our spine surgeons will assess your specific situation and recommend a treatment plan which may or may not include surgery.  Other options include therapy, exercise and pain treatments.  You and your doctor will determine the best course of action for you.
Who is the best spine doctor you have?
We have a number of surgeons associated with the Spine Center who are all highly qualified and specialized.  You can learn more about them at here or through the Physician Referral Service by calling (860) 545-1888 or toll-free at 1-800-545-7664
Is it better to see an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon?
All of our Spine Center surgeons, regardless of specialty area, are qualified to assess and treat disorders of the spine.  In many surgical cases, an orthopedic spine surgeon and a neurosurgeon partner both in and and out of the operating room in order to maximize your recovery.
Is minimally invasive surgery available?
The specifics of your surgery will be up to your doctor, but if minimally invasive surgery is an option for you, it is available here at Hartford Hospital.
How much physical therapy will I need?
Rehabilitation therapies, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and others, are available through our partner organization, Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network (HHRN).  HHRN has many locations throughout Connecticut and can provide rehabilitation services throughout your treatment and recovery period.
If I need  surgery, how long would I have to stay in the hospital?
If you do need surgery for your spine, the amount of time you stay in the hospital would be dependent upon the type of surgery you have, your condition and your doctor’s opinion.  While some procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, others require a hospital stay.  Your particular clinical situation will determine your length of stay.
Can I go home after surgery or will I need to go to a rehab facility?     
Your discharge plan will depend upon your particular needs.  Many of our patients are able to return to home and to outpatient physical therapy upon release from the hospital.  Others require more assistance in the form of home care or a rehabilitation facility.

Additional questions?  Call the Spine Center Coordinator directly at 1-877-SPINE-03 (1-877-774-6303) or email: Margaret.Julian@hhchealth.org