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Answers to questions for people considering surgery at Laser Spine Institute in Tampa

One of our goals at Laser Spine Institute is to assist our patients by answering any and all questions that may arise during our streamlined outpatient experience. Here we have gathered answers to some of the most common questions that our patients have asked during their time with us.

General questions

How do I find out if I am a candidate for a procedure at Laser Spine Institute?
Patients become a full candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery after being evaluated in person by a physician at one of our regional centers and receiving a surgical order. However, before we ask any patient to travel, we can determine if you are a potential candidate by having our medical staff review a copy of your MRI or CT scan at cost to you.* Our Care Management Team will then be able to assist you with medical assessment, scheduling and travel arrangements to our facility.

How long should I plan to be at one of Laser Spine Institute’s facilities?
Each patient’s experience with us may vary depending on the location and severity of conditions we are treating. A typical patient experience lasts five days, with surgery being performed on the third day. For a better idea of the length of your visit with us, contact our dedicated team today.

Do I stay at Laser Spine Institute’s facility or a hospital overnight?
Our procedures are performed at our outpatient ambulatory surgery centers located regionally across the United States. Because of this, our patients do not have any overnight stay at our facility or a hospital.^ We are contracted with local hotels to offer our patients discounted rates and preferential treatment during the duration of their stay with us.

How long do I need to plan to be out of work after a surgery at Laser Spine Institute?
81 percent of our patients report being back to work within three months after minimally invasive decompression surgery at our centers. However, most patients are back to daily activities just days postoperatively with simple lifting and activity restrictions.^

Do I have to have someone come with me for my surgery?
We require all patients to be accompanied by an able-bodied individual at least 18 years or older for the first 24 hours after your procedure.

Can I choose my own surgeon?
We welcome recommendations for surgeons, but all final decisions will be based on availability and specialization in order to best serve and care for our patients.

What is there to do in Tampa?
Tampa is a wonderful destination for you and your caregiver during your visit with us. Our center is located just minutes from Tampa International Airport, as well as the pristine beaches and local attractions this area offers.

Medical questions

What advantages does minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute offer compared to traditional surgery?
Our minimally invasive procedures offer a number of benefits compared to traditional surgery. From the shorter recovery time to a lower infection rate, choosing minimally invasive surgery means choosing a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^

What risks are associated with surgery at Laser Spine Institute?
Some level of risk accompanies any surgical procedure. However, at Laser Spine Institute our minimally invasive procedures use muscle-sparing techniques to reduce many of the risks associated with spine surgery. For example, our procedures have an infection rate of 0.55 percent^, as opposed to the up to 16 percent of traditional surgery.

What anesthesia is used at Laser Spine Institute?
Almost all of our procedures utilize a combination of numbing medicine, or local anesthesia, and intravenous sedation. Every patient is carefully monitored by our highly trained and skilled anesthesiologists and nurses.

Can Laser Spine Institute help me if I am dealing with failed back surgery syndrome?
Yes, we are able to treat many patients who have had previous surgeries and who suffer from failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). To determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures, we can review a copy of an MRI or CT scan that has been taken since the procedure.

Insurance questions

Does my insurance cover a procedure at Laser Spine Institute?
All insurance plans reimburse differently for our procedures. To determine what your coverage at Laser Spine Institute is, contact our caring and dedicated team.

Why doesn’t Medicare cover the facility portion of my procedure?
Though we work with Medicare for coverage of our doctor and surgeon fees, Medicare offers too little reimbursement to operate our state-of-the-art technologies within our facilities. For this reason, Medicare patients generally have an out-of-pocket cost associated with this portion of coverage.

At Laser Spine Institute we are committed to making sure you get the answers you need. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact team today.