WHY CHOOSE US?
PERSONALIZED CARE: We provide individualized spine care in a personal and private setting. Our sole concern is what is in the best interest of our patient. We aim to provide a “concierge-like’ experience, spending as much time as is needed at each appointment and assisting our patients along every step of the pre-operative and post-operative process. Our staff is professional, caring, attentive and empathetic. Our goal is to provide you with an accurate diagnosis, review all of the options for treating your condition, have you make the best possible informed decisions, and take good care of you. We do not aim to be a “high-volume” practice – we treat one patient and perform one surgery at a time.
EXPERIENCE: Although our current practice focuses on degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine, minimally invasive surgery and injured workers, as a spine surgeon working at a tertiary care referral center and Level 1 Trauma Center such as the MGH for the past 20 years Dr. Fank X. Pedlow brings a vast amount of experience treating the most complex and challenging of spine conditions.
EXPERTISE: In addition to training at some of the best hospitals and universities for Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Surgery in North America and England, Dr. Pedlow’ residency also included years of experience in both General Surgery and Neurosurgery. He is among the few surgeons trained in both the neurosurgical and orthopedic spine principles and techniques of spine surgery. When surgery is needed, Dr. Pedlow utilizes established, safe and effective surgical treatment methods, often employing the latest techniques and advanced technologies to minimize the invasiveness of surgery.
RESULTS: The best results following spine surgery involves obtaining an accurate diagnosis, identifying all aspects of a condition that cause pain and other symptoms, and implementing an appropriate, diagnostic specific treatment plan. In short, the right diagnosis – the right plan of treatment – surgical excellence. As we aim the achieve the best results possible for our patients, our approach is conservative – making sure non-operative options have been exhausted – and when necessary offering a surgical plan specific to the patient needs, and not more.
ETHICS: Our practice treats one patient at a time, and our sole concern is what is in the best interest of our patients. Dr. Pedlow performs one surgery at a time and does not use multiple operating rooms. Although Dr. Pedlow at times works with Orthopaedic Residents and Spine Fellows, he performs the surgery and is responsible for all aspects of your care. He will be in the OR from the moment you go asleep until you wake up.
NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Although Dr. Pedlow has long enjoyed and appreciated his relationship with the professionals of the spine industry, working with them to provide his patients with the best options for their care and at times in the development of new products, he does not accept payments from any companies nor has any consulting agreements. This eliminates any potential for a conflict of interest when deciding what instrumentation or devices to use in a patient’s surgery, or on the plan of treatment in general. Also, as a physician in solo private practice, he is not subject to any corporate or departmental quotas, pressure to refer patients to any specific affiliated entity for imaging, physical therapy or any other care related issue, or any supposed “gainsharing” relationships.
MGH: Massachusetts General Hospital is the third oldest general hospital in the United States and the first teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. This world-renowned medical center offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and sub-specialty of medicine and surgery. US News & World Report has ranked MGH in the top 5 hospitals in the United States since ranking has begun, most recently #4. In 2017-18 it was ranked the 7th top hospital in the US for Orthopaedic Surgery, and the #1 Orthopaedic hospital in Boston and New England. In addition to outstanding orthopedic spine care and facilities, including some of the newest and best equipped operating rooms in New England, as a general hospital the patients of MGH also have access to a vast network of expert physicians in all medical and surgical subspecialties.
IT’S YOUR DECISION: Patients choose surgeons in various ways: by word of mouth, from knowing others who have been treated by a particular surgeon, by researching their options, through recommendations of anesthesiologists and nurses and other health care professionals familiar with a surgeon, reading on-line reviews, and by primary care physician (PCP) referral, to name a few. Although historically a referral from your PCP – who one assumed was very familiar with the surgeons character, experience, abilities and outcomes – was an excellent source of referral (and in many cases may still be), restrictive insurance networks and pressures on doctors to refer within a specific network has at times affected this source. Spine surgery is rarely an emergency, or essential, and the decision to proceed with surgery, as well as the choice of surgeon, are yours to make.