Your Spine Care Consultation and Who You’ll Meet
When you arrive for your spine care consultation you can expect to meet with the doctor in charge of your case and a physician assistant (PA). The PA will help you navigate your treatment plan beginning with your first call and appointment, all the way through treatment and recovery. Providing the PAs with all relevant medical information prior to your spine care consultation, including any scans taken within the last 6 months, helps ensure that patients can expect the diagnosis and treatment plan to be discussed during their first visit. Patients may need to have new MRI, CT scans and/or X-rays taken at their first appointment, but our team will discuss this with you before your arrival so that you are prepared. Our team will work with you to make sure your consultation proceeds as smoothly as possible.
Dr. Hughes uses his background in biomedical engineering to approach each patient as a unique individual and designs the most innovative and least invasive procedure for them …
What if surgery is not recommended?
It’s important to understand that not all spinal conditions require surgery, but, whether you need surgery or not, you can expect to receive the highest level of care. As leading researchers in the field, our team is experienced with the benefits of alternative treatment methods and works closely with a number of other trusted non-surgical physicians to recommend the best possible course of action for you. If you are referred to one of our recommended providers, you will be in great hands.
What if I need surgery? Working with a surgical coordinator and physician assistant
If we determine that surgery is the best treatment option, your surgical coordinator and physician assistant will help you prepare for surgery. Each doctor has their own surgical coordinator and physician assistant, and they are a part of your team from the time the evaluation process begins.
The role of the surgical coordinator and physician assistant is to help our patients navigate their treatment plan.