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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery | What Does ACGME Fellowship-Trained Mean?

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When severe pain and chronic back problems force you to seek spine surgery, it can be easy to overlook aspects of your surgeon’s training and experience for quick relief. While we know it can be tempting to find any doctor experienced in minimally invasive spine surgery to entrust your back problems to, the truth is something as serious as spine surgery requires someone with the training and expertise to treat those issues safely and effectively. An ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) fellowship-trained spine surgeon is the ideal professional to treat your symptoms.


Why does ACGME fellowship training matter?

Some doctors choose to pursue fellowship training past their residency in order to become more specialized in their area of choice. While it means an additional year of school, that year prepares dedicated surgeons for the challenges of performing potentially life-altering procedures.

As a patient, you may not know that, while any qualified doctor can attempt to treat back pain, a spine surgeon with ACGME fellowship training has the knowledge necessary to not only locate the source of pain, but to treat it with greater accuracy and effectiveness. In fact, once fellowship training is over, in order to ensure their expertise in their chosen specialty, additional board exams are required.

ACGME fellowship-trained doctors are more informed about the latest technology and treatment options for your specific needs. A general practitioner may be able to give you a treatment plan for your pain or injury, but may not know enough about the specific area to identify newer and more effective treatments to implement.


What should you look for in fellowship-trained back doctors?

  • Find a doctor who is board eligible or board certified with ACGME fellowship training in

    spine surgery.

  • Find a doctor you are comfortable with. It doesn’t matter how highly recommended they are, if you do not feel comfortable with a doctor, it will not work. Being uncomfortable may prevent you from asking important questions regarding your condition and treatment.
  • Find a specialist with access to the latest technology and treatments available for your condition.

    Whether you suffer from chronic back pain or herniated discs, it’s important to err on the side of caution and find someone with access to all of the best possible equipment, medication and surgical treatments in the industry. That will give you the greatest chance for a fast recovery.

  • Look for a doctor working in a specialty practice.

    Chances are, if your doctor is fellowship trained in the spinal column and working in a practice specializing in that area, they treat patients with spinal problems exclusively. This means they will have a greater understanding of specific problem areas that you may need help with.

MISI specialists: Your minimally invasive spine surgery awaits

Every spine surgeon at MISI is fellowship-trained with specialties in orthopedic and spine care. They have been handpicked by MISI’s director, whose priority is to give patients access to the most highly qualified, highly educated and highly experienced medical professionals in their field. When you go to MISI in search of an ACGME fellowship-trained spine surgeon, you can rest easy knowing that you will receive only the best and most experienced in minimally invasive spine surgery.

A surgeon with the right level of expertise should treat your debilitating pain. Call MISI today at (855) 339-4481 to set up your appointment with an ACGME fellowship-trained specialist and get yourself on the road to recovery.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery vs. Open Spine Surgery

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Open spine surgery sounds scary, doesn’t it? Chances are you are in a lot of pain if you need spine surgery; you’re looking for any solution that will bring you relief, whether it’s open spine or minimally invasive spine surgery. While it’s understandable for patients to proceed with whatever form of pain relief they are presented with by their physician, the thought of someone opening up your back and performing risky spine surgery should be enough to make you think twice about your options.


Traditional open spine surgery incurs additional risks for patients, from the possibility of nerve damage and damaged muscles and tissue to excessive bruising and scarring. Recovery time for open spine surgery can be long and difficult, and complications from the above-mentioned risks can arise during the road to recovery.


Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery


The risks associated with open spine surgery are, in part, why many people choose minimally invasive. With significantly shorter recovery times, faster healing and fewer complications, those suffering from certain back and neck conditions would do well to consider minimally invasive laser spine surgery over the more traditional procedures.


  1. A quicker return to daily activities.Unlike open back surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery usually means a shorter healing time, outpatient surgery or a very short hospital stay, and a faster return to your daily activities.
  2. Minimal risk for complications.Much smaller incisions mean minimal risk for complications stemming from tissue damage or wound care. Incisions as small as 3mm minimizes bruising, stitching and potential damage from surgery, so you can feel comfortable going back to the things and the people you love.
  3. Greater chance for lasting pain relief.Thanks to minimally invasive spine surgery, there’s a greater chance that doctors can get to the real source of the pain and let you finally say goodbye to all that’s been ailing your back. State-of-the-art technologies as well as today’s innovative pain mapping enable surgeons to accurately identify the source of your pain so they can take care of it once and for all.

You don’t have to suffer from back or neck pain for the rest of your life because you don’t want spine surgery. The fact is, there are less invasive options. Call MISI today at 855-466-6741 to set up your appointment and find out how you can get back to enjoying life without back and neck pain.