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FAQ’s

What insurance do you accept?
We accept all insurances. In addition, financing your treatment is possible through third-party providers, including banks and medical procedure financing specialists. We have an entire billing department that works diligently to secure the highest reimbursement for each patient based on what his/her insurance company and plan allows. We also have an appeals department that uses historical research to maximize reimbursements.
Please call for details regarding your insurance benefits, and a qualified insurance specialist will be able to assist you.

Why is laser spine surgery a better alternative than conventional spine surgery?
Laser spine surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, requiring smaller incisions and offering numerous benefits toward healing and recovery. Additionally, the cost is one-third to one-half that of conventional surgery.

What does minimally invasive mean?
A minimally invasive procedure is any procedure (surgical or otherwise) that is less invasive than open surgery used for the same purpose. A minimally invasive procedure typically involves the use of laparoscopic devices and remote-control manipulation of instruments with indirect observation of the surgical field through an endoscope or similar device, and is carried out through the skin, a body cavity or anatomical opening. This may result in a shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery with less risk for complications, and also enable outpatient treatment.

Why don’t more surgeons perform laser spine surgery?
Since the surgery uses intricate equipment such as scopes and cameras, many surgeons would prefer to stick with what they know and not learn how to perform laser procedures. Also, there are very few doctors in the world that perform these procedures, so it’s not taught to a great number of aspiring spine surgeons. Dr. Cohen has extensive experience, with more than 1,000 laser surgeries to his credit.

Am I a candidate for minimally invasive laser spine surgery?
Not all patients suffering with back pain and/or specific spine-related conditions are candidates for the procedure. You may go to our Contact page or call one of our qualified patient consultants to set up a consultation visit with Dr. Cohen.

Will I be put to sleep during my laser spine surgery?
No. You will not be put to sleep. Laser spine surgery is performed with the least sedation possible or local anesthesia.

What is my postoperative course?
Discharge instructions for at-home care are provided and follow-up is scheduled in the physician’s office the next day. Physical therapy is then recommended following your procedure. Little, if any, postoperative medication is required for most patients.

What is the recovery period after laser spine surgery, and how long can I expect to be out of work?
After your surgery, you shouldn’t perform excessive bending or heavy lifting (greater than 10 lbs.) for about three to six weeks. Your return to normal activities should be gradual; patients who have desk jobs can return to work within a week.

Do you handle workers’ compensation cases?
Yes. However, the cost of the evaluation and subsequent treatment will need to be approved before the evaluation takes place.

Do I need a referral from my workers’ compensation doctor?
Yes. In most states a new facility will need to be recommended with a referral from your treating doctor. You can discuss this with your adjuster or claims examiner.

My carrier approved the evaluation. What’s the next step?
Please fax the signed authorization letter to 973-538-0420 and a representative will call you to schedule your visit.

My adjuster wants more information. Can you help?
Yes. Our insurance specialist will deal directly with your adjuster.

Do you handle personal injury cases/no fault cases?
Yes. Pending authorization on both old/closed and new cases, we will work directly with your lawyer and insurance carrier.

How soon can I get an appointment?
Upon insurance and medical approval, you may receive an appointment in as little as 24 hours from your first phone call.

Will the Spine Institute handle my rehab?
In most cases, some form of rehabilitation is recommended. We will refer you to pain management doctors and rehabilitation specialists in your area that are most convenient for you.