Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the difference between 'Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery' and 'Traditional Open Spine Surgery'?
Minimally invasive spine surgery uses smaller incisions, and usually has a shorter surgery center/hospital stay, lower complication rates, and lower infection rates compared with traditional, open spine surgeries. The techniques usually involve light magnification of the surgical site with microscopes and/or endoscopes and has also been called 'laser spine surgery'.
- What conditions can be treated by 'Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery' and 'Laser Spine Surgery'?
Many spinal conditions can be treated by minimally invasive and laser spine surgery. These include: lumbar and cervical disc protrusions, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal fractures, scoliosis.
- Can 'Spinal Fusions' be performed using 'Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery'?
Many spinal fusions can be done with minimally invasive spine surgery techniques using very small incisions or percutaneously.
- Do you provide second opinions to discuss my condition and treatment options?
We see a number of patients who seek a second opinion prior to proceeding with surgery.
- Does my insurance plan cover the minimally invasive and laser spine surgery procedures?
We accept most insurance plans, including Private/Commercial insurances, HMO/PPOs, Medicare, Worker's Comp. Our office staff will verify this for you.
- If I do not have Insurance, what are my options?
Call our office staff at 281.469.0339. They will discuss the most cost effective plan suited for your needs.