I'm scheduled to see a spine surgeon next week. It sounds like I might need surgery. What are some questions I should ask to make sure I don't end up having a surgery I don't really need?

Be sure to ask any questions that relate to your situation. Ask about the risks of having surgery and the chances of success. Compare these to what could happen if you don't go ahead with surgery. Find out what impact the surgery might have on your symptoms. You may want to get more details about how the surgery is done. You should also get an idea about what to expect after surgery.