Patients are encouraged to contact WVU Medicine Brain and Spine for an expert second opinion, especially those who have experienced failed back surgery, which is more common than you may think.

Our surgeons are considered second opinion spine specialists. As a board-certified neurosurgeons, they have extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the entire nervous system. Board-certified neurosurgeons train longer and to a higher level than any other specialty in surgical conditions of the spine and brain. Most of their practice is comprised of spine surgery, both complex and minimally invasive, and they are always available to offer honest second opinions.

We realize that spine problems can affect every area of your life. If you’re suffering, we will talk through your non-surgical options before considering surgery. We know the decision to have surgery is not an easy one, and we want you to have as much information as possible. Feel free to bring family members to your second opinion appointment with you and to have questions written down to go over with the surgeon.

If surgery is necessary, we will explain, in understandable language, the problem and how to fix it. Drs. Caruso and Lyerly will use the most minimally invasive technique possible.

If you are suffering from chronic, acute, traumatic spine pain and have been recommended for surgery, call 304.596.5160 for a second opinion.