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Common questions answered by Laser Spine Institute’s team for patients visiting our Scottsdale surgery center

Laser Spine Institute’s streamlined patient experience is specially developed to be centered on patient needs. Our goal is to answer any and all questions our patients may have, which is why we have compiled some of our most frequently asked questions below.

General questions

  1. How do I know if I am a candidate for a procedure at Laser Spine Institute?
    The best way for us to determine a patient’s candidacy is for our staff to review the most recent copy of your MRI or CT scan. This can be done by phone or during a live consultation at one of our regional facilities.
  2. How long do I have to plan to stay in town if I am visiting for my procedure?
    Our procedures are performed in our outpatient ambulatory surgery centers. Because a large portion of our patients have to travel out of town to visit us, we have developed a streamlined patient experience. Our goal is to assist each patient in the most effective and efficient way possible. For more information regarding your specific experience, contact one of our Spine Care Consultants today.
  3. How long will I be out of work for a procedure at Laser Spine Institute?
    Nearly 83 percent of our patients report being back to work within three months of surgery. Dependent upon your position, this time may be shorter or longer. General restrictions are given after surgery regarding lifting and moderate exercise.
  4. Do I have to have a care partner?
    Yes, all patients must be accompanied by an able-minded Care Partner who is at least 18 years of age or older for the 24 hours after surgery.
  5. Why don’t more surgeons practice the types of surgery that Laser Spine Institute offers?
    The procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute are medically advanced and an effective alternative to traditional open surgery. Because these procedures are not performed in hospitals, most surgeons do not learn our techniques during their residency. Our surgeons go through intense training and fellowships prior to joining our surgical team.
  6. Can I drive after surgery?
    We generally recommend that all patients wait at least 48 hours postoperatively to operate a motor vehicle. Patients should never drive while under the influence of narcotic pain medication.

Medical questions

  1. Why is minimally invasive surgery better than traditional surgery?
    Our procedures are an effective and successful alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery. A procedure with us has a shorter recovery time,^ lower infection and complication rate, and a 96 patient satisfaction score^.
  2. What risks are associated with a procedure at Laser Spine Institute?
    Laser Spine Institute boasts a low infection rate of only 0.49 percent. Traditional surgeries are accompanied by up to a 19 percent infection rate.
  3. What type of anesthesia does Laser Spine Institute use?
    Almost all of our procedures require a combination of local anesthesia, or numbing medicine, and intravenous sedation. Our highly trained anesthesiologists are committed to our patients’ safety, and closely monitor each patient during and after surgery.

Insurance questions

  1. Will my insurance cover a procedure at Laser Spine Institute?
    We work with many insurance companies to provide our patients with the most effective and highest quality care possible. All insurance plans reimburse differently. To determine your specific coverage, contact one of our Spine Care Consultants today.
  2. Why does Medicare not cover all of my procedure at Laser Spine Institute?
    Laser Spine Institute is contracted with Medicare to cover our doctor and surgeon fees. However, we are not contracted with Medicare to cover our facility fee. This fee covers our equipment and the technology that makes our procedures possible. For Medicare patients, this fee is required as an upfront, out-of-pocket payment.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact one of our Spine Care Consultants.