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Helpful Hints From Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyers – 12 Questions To Ask Your Spine Surgeon

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According to the National Center for Health Statistics, an estimated 1.2 million spinal surgeries are performed each year in the United States. There are basically three types of spinal surgeries: cervical, thoracic or lumbar. Each pertains to specific regions of the body. Spinal surgery is typically performed to alleviate pressure that is being exerted on the spinal cord and its surrounding nerves. This pressure, leading to pain, can result from sudden bulging, a ruptured disc, bone spur formations, bone fragments or trauma causing pressure on the spine. Given the fragility of the human body, even a low-speed impact resulting from a car accident can traumatize the spine and surrounding nerves necessitating consideration of surgery.

While technology has advanced to lessen the impact of car accidents through implementation of air bag devices and other safety features, the anatomical features of the human body have remained the same through the millennia of history. Thus, even a minor impact can cause nerve pressure on the spinal cord that can lead to excruciating pain.

Because spine surgery is considered a “major” type of surgery, it is important to be informed about the process and procedures involved.

12 Questions To Ask A Spinal Surgeon

Following a car accident or other traumatic event, you might need spinal surgery. However, before undergoing spinal surgery, or any surgery for that matter, it is important to be informed about what the process entails. There are 12 questions you can ask your spinal surgeon to determine whether there should be surgery and whether he or she is the appropriate surgeon. Based upon the experience of Paul Padda Law, PLLC handling car accidents and other personal injury cases in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Pahrump and other cities in southern Nevada, we have compiled the following list of questions to assist you in obtaining helpful information from your spine surgeon:

  1. Can you identify the specific anatomic lesion that is being addressed?
  2. What is the natural course of the condition if it is left untreated?
  3. What does the surgeon recommend and what specific procedures will be used?
  4. Are there alternatives to surgery?
  5. What is the risk and benefit ratio; in other words the chances of a good outcome versus a bad outcome?
  6. Can the surgeon provide references from other patients who have had the same type of surgery?
  7. What are the long term consequences of the proposed surgery?
  8. How many procedures does the surgeon perform yearly?
  9. What training did the surgeon receive?
  10. What other doctors and medical personnel will be assisting the surgeon?
  11. How long will it take to recover?
  12. What is the expected post-operative course of treatment (e.g. physical therapy etc.)?

Asking these 12 questions can help you make a fully informed decision regarding whether spine surgery is the right option for you. A good doctor will appreciate your desire for information and will welcome your questions. Whether as a patient seeking medical care or as a client seeking legal representation, staying fully informed will help you “partner” with your doctor or lawyer in seeking the best possible result for your situation.


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Paul Padda, a former federal prosecutor, is the founder of Paul Padda Law: a law firm based in Las Vegas Nevada representing plaintiffs throughout the nation in personal injury and other civil cases. With over 15 years experience litigating in federal and state court, Paul has a proven track record of success, including obtaining one of the largest jury verdicts in Nevada history. A first generation American, Paul is dedicated and committed to helping his clients navigate the legal system and take on large and powerful interests. A lawyer who truly cares, Paul provides individualized and compassionate attention to each and every one of his clients.

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