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Dr. Behnam Salari is committed to helping you lead a pain-free life. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a proven track record of performing safe, minimally invasive spine surgeries that involve minimal downtime. Instead of addressing the superficial symptoms, Dr. Salari diagnoses and treats the root cause of your spinal problems, helping you lead a happy, pain-free life. Please continue reading for answers to frequently asked questions about spine surgery in New Jersey.

What is a spine surgeon?

A spine surgeon is a physician dedicated to spine surgery. To become a spine surgeon, a physician must undergo specialized orthopedic surgery training, followed by advanced fellowship training in spine surgery. As such, spine surgeons are essentially orthopedic surgeons with advanced, intensive training in spine surgery from the world’s leading experts.

What are a spine surgeon’s unique qualifications?

Spine surgeons are also orthopedic surgeons, but all orthopedic surgeons aren’t spine surgeons. In order to become a spine surgeon, the physician must undergo advanced training for the latest spine surgery techniques, leaving no room for error. Generally speaking, spine surgeons must complete at least 5 years of residency and one year of advanced fellowship within spine surgery.

Should I consult a spine surgeon?

You should consult a spine surgeon if you have chronic neck pain or back pain that can’t be alleviated with conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and medications. As the leading spine surgeon at the Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey, Dr. Behnam Salari only recommends spine surgery to patients after exhausting all non-operative solutions.

Do I need physical therapy after spine surgery?

Physical therapy is an essential component of spinal care. You may have to undergo a few weeks of physical therapy before we recommend spine surgery to you. Even after spine surgery, we will provide postoperative physical therapy programs to improve your flexibility, strength, and mobility, to restore your full range of motion.

Your surgeon will curate a personalized physical therapy plan according to your unique goals, requirements, and condition. However, you must follow the surgeon’s specific physical therapy instructions to ensure optimal recovery while reducing the risk of harsh side effects. We also provide comprehensive spinal care education after your surgery.

Do you provide minimally invasive spine surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery refers to surgical techniques that involve making extremely small incisions on the skin. Instead of making lengthy incisions, the surgeon inserts the necessary surgical tools through one small incision on the skin’s surface. This technique is safer and more effective because it involves minimal tissue damage, leading to a lower risk of side effects, complications, or nerve damage.

What must I bring to my spinal appointment?

When visiting Dr. Ben Salari, please bring the following documents:

  • Current insurance details
  • Identification cards — driver’s license or state ID
  • Prior medical records and operational records
  • Results of prior imaging tests, such as MRIs, x-rays, and CT scans
  • List of current and previous medications
  • Copy of operative reports from previous surgeries
  • All other relevant reports
  • New patient registration forms, which can be downloaded online

Contact Dr. Salari Today

Dr. Behnam (Ben) Salari is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery. He uses cutting-edge technologies and techniques, such as endoscopic surgery, to address your concerns with optional precision and minimal risks. He generally favors non-surgical solutions to your chronic pain and only recommends spine surgery if all conservative solutions fail.

If you have any other questions about spine surgery, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Salari at our state-of-the-art spinal care facilities in Morristown, Hackettstown, Sparta, or Randolph in New Jersey.

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