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Surgeries that some consider routine can still sometimes cause serious complications. No matter how straightforward you think your surgery might be, you still want to be in the absolute best surgical hands.

Today, your surgeon and hospital are especially important for procedures that are new or complex or even routine. You should be concerned and research but your surgeon and the hospital for that matter as most errors happen in a hospital setting according to John Hopkins report in May noting the third leading cause of death is medical errors. In your search for the best surgeon one indicator is how often your surgeon performs the procedure you’re seeking. For example, a study by researchers at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center of people undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer found that annual death rates were nearly four times higher for those treated by surgeons who performed the fewest operations.

With that being said, how should you choose a surgeon, someone with whom you’ll be sharing some of your most personal information and entrusting with life-and-death decisions? Communication with your surgeon is essential.

Ask your prospective surgeon these questions before going under…

Are you board certified, and is your certification current?

  • Look for a surgeon who has the necessary board certification(s), necessary training, and has maintained their certification(s) in the specialty they are practicing.

Is this surgery necessary?

  • Avoiding surgery entirely is the only sure way to avoid a surgical complication; understanding the effectiveness of the surgery and having exhausted alternatives you then need to compare the results of your alternatives with the possible risks of the surgery. 

What are your success, failure, and complication rates?

  • Not all surgeons are willing to be upfront with this information, but a good surgeon will.

What is your experience with this surgery?

  • Ask your surgeon how many of these procedures he or she has performed and compare that number with other surgeons performing the same procedure. The best surgeon is not necessarily the busiest surgeon; it’s about avoiding the surgeon who has not performed the procedure as much or as often or as well.

What’s the hospital’s infection rate?

  • Seventeen states now make that information public, and many hospitals report their rates voluntarily. Kudos to them! After asking these questions and others relating to your needs, likes, and dislikes, do your homework and make your choice. Your final decision could be one of the most important you’ll make for you and your family.

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Your cervical spine is made up of seven bones, called cervical vertebrae, stacked on top of each other in your neck area. In between your vertebrae are cervical discs. Your cervical discs is as a cushion for your vertebrae. Dallas Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Cameron Carmody says, “Cervical discs are a marvel of the human body, they are amazing in their ability to absorb a large compressive load while also providing the range of motion between the bones in the neck.”

Cervical artificial disc replacement surgery involves removing a diseased or damaged cervical disc and replacing it with an artificial disc. When the space between your vertebrae has become too narrow and part of your vertebrae or your cervical disc is pressing on your spinal cord or spinal nerves it can cause weakness, numbness, or pain. When these symptoms do not respond to nonsurgical types of treatment, disc surgery may be recommended.

In the past, with traditional cervical disc surgery, the diseased disc is removed and your cervical vertebrae above and below the disc are fused together. The FDA has recently approved the use of an artificial disc to replace your natural cervical disc. This new procedure will allow more movement following surgery and place less stress on your remaining vertebrae.

The loss of space between your cervical vertebrae could result from cervical disc degeneration, or wear and tear. Cervical discs begin to bulge and collapse with age, beginning at age 60 for most people. Some have more symptoms than others from cervical disc degeneration.

Symptoms of Cervical Disc Degeneration

  • Headache
  • Neck stiffness
  • Pain that travels from the neck into the shoulders and arms
  • Numbness in the arms
  • Neck pain
  • Neurological symptoms

Dr. Cameron Carmody

is a Fellowship trained Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a Top10MD. Dr. Carmody has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of conditions affecting the spine from disc surgery to scoliosis. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Carmody at Texas Spine Consultants, call 214-370-3535. Dr. Carmody has been named a Top10MD – an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds within the United States.


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