Spend some time on the internet looking up potential doctors to see. The internet ratings are certainly not perfect but at least you can get an idea of how the patients (with some exceptions) feel about this physician. Check to see if this surgeon has written anything and if so, read it. Check the section “Questions to ask your spine surgeon or neurosurgeon” to understand how to interview your potential surgeon.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.