Dr. Barba describes how he prepares new patients for minimally invasive spine surgery.
So when I meet a new patient, I usually take extra time to try to speak to them and give them an opportunity to ask their questions and anticipating a lot of their questions to talk about the topics about minimally invasive spine surgery such as the need for further testing and the ability to be able to treat them without having to use the big, old fashioned operations.
These patients then usually, if they haven’t been, I would always recommend an aggressive treatment of non-surgical treatment before we commit them to surgery because surgery is not the last idea, but you want to try some other things first.
About Dr. Barba, M.D.:
Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. David Barba is a member of numerous professional societies including the San Diego Academy of Neurological Surgeons, the Western Neurological Society, and the Research Society of Neurological Surgeons. He is currently serving as associate professor in the Division of Neurological Surgery in the Department of Surgery at UCSD.