Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Neurosurgeon?
A neurosurgeon is a highly trained medical specialist whose primary focus
is the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders
which affect any portion of the nervous system including the brain, spine,
spinal cord, peripheral nerves and extra-cranial cerebrovascular system.
Neurosurgeons provide both non-operative and operative treatments for
the conditions treated. Neurosurgeons have met rigorous educational requirements.
Most neurosurgeons spend an incredibly long time focused on their training
or an area of specialty, beyond medical school and medical residencies.
This is certainly true for our team of experts at SCCNS. Our surgeons are
board certified fellowship trained in not only neurosurgery, but also skull base surgery,
cerebrovascular skull base as well as complex and minimally invasive spine surgery.
Is neurosurgery covered by insurance?
We accept most major medical insurances including, but not limited to:
HMO, PPO, Workers Comp and Medicare/Medical Plans. A full list is provided
in the Patient Services section of our website. If you don’t see
your plan, please contact one our helpful staff as we will strive to do
our utmost to partner with your insurance company so that we may offer
you the best care available. For more information about insurance please
click here to contact our office.
What information should I consider when choosing a neurosurgeon?
It is always a good idea to do some research about the physician you are
working with. Some things to consider:
- What is their educational background?
- Are they board certified?
- Are they fellowship trained?
- What is their surgical experience?
- Are they experts in the procedures they are doing or have they only done
two or three of your procedure?
Our team of experts at SCCNS have done countless numbers of each procedure
we offer with amazing outcomes and very high success rates. Our Medical
Director is a trainer and educator for various procedures that we offer
including a new minimally invasive treatment for sacroiliac joint pain.
Our surgeons are world renowned and not only have patients treated locally,
but nationally and internationally.
Should I get a second opinion?
It is important for you to be as informed as you possibly can when faced
with difficult health circumstances or choices regarding your treatment
options. Second opinions are quite common throughout the healthcare industry
and often used by primary care physicians to seek out the best care for
their patients. Many second opinions must be authorized by your primary
care physician, as many specialty care facilities will charge a fee for service.
Note: We support our patients getting a second opinion and will assist them
if necessary. We also provide a Patient to Patient Support Service which
allows a new patient to contact patients who have already had their specific
procedure to talk to them about their experience.
Please be aware that many neurosurgeons do not / cannot perform some of
the intricate procedures performed by the doctors at SCCNS as well as
certain multi-level procedures or other specialized procedures such as
SI Joint Fusion because they are not certified and trained on the procedure
itself. SCCNS takes pride in the continued advanced training of our surgeons
in order keep up with the newest and most minimally invasive techniques
available to our patients
What tests will be done to diagnose my condition?
Before any tests are ordered, a complete history and physical evaluation
are necessary. Because there are so many different conditions and causes
of pain, it is important to determine what is and what is not causing
the problem. After your physician has a better idea of what is causing
the pain or symptoms, diagnostic tests such as X-rays, a CT/CAT Scan or
an MRI may be ordered. Other tests may be ordered as necessary. For a
definition of each test, please see our glossary area.
Can I email my MRI/CT scans or other test results?
We are in the process of working on a patient portal that will allow patients
to upload their scans. However, until the system is fully functional we
request that you bring a copy of your CD’s, X-Rays or other results
with you to your appointment.
We know that patients may have many questions in regard to their condition
or medical processes, especially if a patient needs surgery. We are available
by phone to answer your questions and concerns. Please call
909-948-8754 if you have questions that are not answered in our FAQ’s.