Frequently Asked Questions
IS ENDOSCOPIC SPINE SURGERY THE SAME AS SPINAL LASER SURGERY?
Despite the frequent advertising on TV and the Internet, there are no spinal procedures that can be performed with just a laser. Many of these "laser" procedures simply use a laser to burn tissue, but still use standard spinal retractors. Endoscopic spine surgery is different because it uses a scope. Endoscopic instruments allow the surgeon to see more structures in the spinal canal through a very small incision. The incisions performed with an endoscopic camera are also smaller - 7mm in some cases.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY FROM ENDOSCOPIC SPINE SURGERY?
Typically a patient can go home within a couple hours after surgery. Most patients feel less pain than traditional surgery.
WHAT CONDITIONS ARE TREATED WITH ENDOSCOPIC SPINE SURGERY?
There are several conditions that can be treated: lumbar disc herniations, lumbar stenosis, lumbar foraminal stenosis.
CAN ANY PATIENT WITH A SPINE PROBLEM GET ENDOSCOPIC SURGERY?
Not every patient is a candidate for endoscopic spine surgery. A surgeon needs to carefully review the patient's history, physical exam, and imaging studies to determine whether it would be possible. Patients should bring all prior records to their appointment.
I HAVE BEEN TOLD I NEED A SPINE FUSION, DO YOU OFFER SECOND OPINIONS?
A good portion of our practice involves providing second opinions to patients who are already planning to have surgery. We are happy to provide a second opinion and help answer any questions that you may have. We take pride in patient education, and will ensure that by the end of the appointment you have a solid understanding of your condition even if you decide to have surgery performed elsewhere.
IS THIS COVERED BY INSURANCE?
This procedure is covered by medicare, medicaid and some private insurances. Always check with your insurance company or inquire through our offices on whether this is covered by your insurance.
WHERE DO YOU PERFORM YOUR ENDOSCOPIC PROCEDURES?
For patients in the Northern Virginia/DC region, surgeries are typically performed at StoneSprings Hospital Center, located near Dulles, VA. For patients in Central Virginia/Southern Maryland, the procedures are typically performed at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center in Fredericksburg, VA. We offer flexibility and ease in scheduling post-operative appointments taking in to account the distance some patients might travel for the procedure.