Frequently Asked Questions
- Surgeon Experience
- Specialized Care
- Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach
The BioSpine surgeons have built their reputations by providing the highest level of care in the treatment of neck and back injuries. While the vast majority of our patients are able to be treated non-surgically, the BioSpine surgical outcomes stand among the very best in the nation. Our surgeons are not pain management doctors or not simply “surgeons” – they specialize in the care and treatment specific to neck and back pain. The knowledge and experience of our surgeons, combined with their minimally invasive approach, provides the best opportunity for a positive, life-changing outcome.
All surgeons are not created equally. Spine surgery is a specialty area of medicine requiring exceptional skill. The BioSpine Institute consists of a small group of surgeons that share two common factors: first, their vast surgical experience. All of our surgeons are approaching, or have exceeded, 10,000 surgeries performed. Combined, our surgeons have performed over 40,000 surgeries and have 60 years of experience. Secondly, the BioSpine surgeons only perform surgery using the minimally invasive surgical approach. Both skill and experience are critical to a successful surgery and a positive outcome.
Yes, the procedures performed at the BioSpine Institute are covered by Medicare and the vast majority of health insurance plans.
Yes, all procedures performed at BioSpine Institute are identified by CPT codes, which are recognized and copyrighted by the American Medical Association. These CPT codes are a key component to ensuring a procedure is covered by health insurance
Typically, a surgery date will be scheduled 3 to 4 weeks following your consultation appointment to allow for proper health insurance authorizations, medical clearances (if necessary) and lab work completion. However, we understand how debilitating back pain can be, and certain circumstances may lead to a more expedited surgical date.
During your consultation, the surgeon will have an in-depth conversation with you and perform a comprehensive physical exam to truly understand your symptoms and better understand the pain and discomfort you’re experiencing. A key component of the consultation is a review of any x-rays and MRI images. The surgeon will then discuss their findings, diagnosis, and - most importantly - the options available for your relief, both surgical and non-surgical.
Please Note: It is estimated that less than 10% of spine surgeons use the MIS approach for some of their procedures, and approximately only 3% perform all of their surgical procedures using the minimally invasive approach. MIS is the gold standard, dramatically increasing the likelihood of a successful surgery and a quick recovery.
Yes, and you should demand it. The surgeons at BioSpine Institute perform ALL surgical procedures using this approach, for which the benefits are countless.
- Entire procedure performed through incision of approximately 3/4”
- Length of surgery time, and time spent under anesthesia, is significantly shorter with MIS
- No cutting of valuable back muscles with MIS
- Recovery time for MIS is estimated to be half that of recovery time for traditional surgery
Convenience and Less Stress. Surgery at BioSpine helps avoid extensive check-in processes, lengthy delays and confusion around discharge that are common of hospital surgical experiences. BioSpine performs only a handful of surgeries each day, ensuring the process is simple and easy for every patient.
Lower Cost. In most cases, the overall cost of your surgery will be considerably less than if performed in a hospital setting.
Safety and Cleanliness. BioSpine has not had a single surgery-related infection in the past 14 years, a striking contrast to the 9% national average among hospitals.
Efficiency and Less Time. With BioSpine’s minimally invasive approach, time spent under anesthesia is reduced to approximately only 25-55 minutes, no matter the procedure. Less time under anesthesia means a shorter recovery and a quicker return home.
BioSpine has state-of-the art, spine-specific surgery centers where only BioSpine patients are treated. We have the most advanced technology available today and each of our facilities has been built to surpass the standards of the nation’s best hospitals. In addition to ensuring our surgery centers are held to the highest standards, the privacy and relaxed atmosphere of the BioSpine facilities can help alleviate the stress and concerns a hospital can bring. Finally, all our procedures are out-patient, which means you’re able to comfortably leave our facility just a short time after your procedure
The BioSpine Institute offers six clinical locations serving the residents of central and southwest Florida. A large percentage of patients travel from outside the area and feel any inconvenience from the minimal travel is far outweighed by the results received at BioSpine Institute. From first consultation to final outcome, the entire process takes just a few visits. Patients visiting from more remote distances often consider an overnight stay the night before surgery.