When physical therapy isn’t effective at combating scoliosis, surgical procedures are the next viable option. These procedures are quite delicate, and you want to be sure that you are in good hands of a competent professional. You don’t go around trusting all the physicians you come across.

The secret to choosing the right surgeon for degenerative scoliosis treatment lies in knowing what questions to ask and trusting your skepticism.

This is how you know you’re looking at the right one:

1. Knowledgeable and Patient

Surgeons aren’t made overnight. They’ve studied for years and they’re always learning new things every day (in fact, this is why they call what they do “practicing”). They have to research a lot to stay on top of their game. Surgeons aren’t born ready; they have to be molded for years.

2. Unbiased

We trust them way more than we should. Thankfully, they issue unbiased advice. They never give nonfactual opinions and they’re neither susceptible to corporate influence. They’re there to help you and not to make a quick buck – unlike car sales agents.

3. Emphathetic

In the pharmaceutical world, there’s such a thing as “empathy medicine.”Surgeons are trained to be empathetic lest your anxiety kills you before your actual illness does.

The perfect doctor listens to your problems, alleviates your pains, treats you with courtesy and advises on the best way forward. They understand what you’re going through physically and you’re able to connect with them at an emotional level.

4. Respectful

They say that respectful surgeons are safer. You’ll be shocked to learn that many surgical complications arise from preventable medical blunders. You don’t want to be part of the statistics.

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When judging how respectful a surgeon is, look at the number of complaints they get. It’s generally a good indicator. Disrespect and complaints complement each other.

5. Confident

A good doctor inspires confidence. Imagine that you’re in the passenger seat and you’re being driven in hazardous terrain. You want to be reassured that there’s someone qualified sitting in the driver’s seat.

Perhaps the most valuable trait in physicians is knowing that they’re good at what they do. It doesn’t matter whether a surgeon is administering a degenerative scoliosis treatment or dispensing advice — they have to be at the top of their game at all times.