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Answers to common questions asked by patients visiting our Scottsdale surgery center

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

General questions

How do I know if I am a candidate for a procedure at Laser Spine Institute?
The best way for us to determine if a patient is a potential candidate is for our staff to review a copy of your MRI or CT scan. This can be done by phone or during an in-person consultation at one of our regional facilities. If it is determined that you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, our Care Management Team can help you with scheduling and any required medical screening.

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 travel from out of town to visit us, we have developed a streamlined experience. For more information regarding your specific experience, contact our team today.

How long will I be out of work for a procedure at Laser Spine Institute?
81 percent of our patients receiving minimally invasive decompression surgery report being back to work within three months of undergoing a procedure. Dependent upon your position, this time may be shorter or longer. General restrictions are given after surgery regarding lifting and moderate exercise.

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.

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

What advantages does minimally invasive spine surgery offer compared to traditional open spine surgery?
Our procedures are an effective outpatient alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery. A procedure with us has a shorter recovery time, lower infection and complication rate and a patient satisfaction score of 98.^

What risks are associated with a procedure at Laser Spine Institute?
There are risks associated with any type of surgery, but our procedures use muscle-sparing techniques that aim to minimize risk of complication. For example, Laser Spine Institute boasts an infection rate of 0.41 percent^ while traditional surgeries are accompanied by up to a 19 percent infection rate.

What type of anesthesia does Laser Spine Institute use?
Almost all of our procedures require a combination of local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Our highly trained anesthesiologists are committed to our patients’ safety and closely monitor each patient during and after surgery.

Insurance questions

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 Patient Empowerment Consultants today.

Why does Medicare not cover the costs of my entire 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, resulting in an out-of-pocket expense for Medicare.

If you have any further questions, please contact one of our Patient Empowerment Consultants. Ask about receiving your no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you may be a candidate.