Do I need a referral from my physician?
A referral from your primary care physician may not be needed, provided that you are within your health insurance carrier’s network when scheduling an appointment.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
On the day of your first visit at Abay Neuroscience Center, you will meet with your new physician, where he will review your history and any prior X-rays or other reports available. A complete examination will be performed and new testing may be ordered. Once all testing has been completed, diagnosis and the best course of treatment will be discussed.
What do I need to bring to my new patient appointment?
- Your films and reports
- Insurance card(s)
- Referral from your referring or primary care physician (if applicable)
- Completed health history and demographic forms
- Driver’s license or other government issued identification card
- Check or credit card to pay for your visit or your co-pay/co-insurance payment (if applicable)
- If you are filing a worker’s compensation claim, we will need the name, address, and telephone number of your worker’s compensation carrier in addition to their initial authorization
What happens to my MRI or X-Ray films once I’ve brought them to the office?
We encourage all patients to personally bring their films to their appointment. Films that arrive prior to the appointment are logged into a computer database, filed and pulled for your appointment.
What happens to my films after I’ve had surgery?
They are retained if you have elected a surgical option and are otherwise sent home with you.
Why do I need a referral from a physician to be seen by a neurosurgeon?
A primary care physician or other referring physician will perform the appropriate evaluation and diagnostic tests to determine if a neurosurgeon can assist with your medical condition.
Am I a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery?
Minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS) is a surgical option for those who prefer a less intrusive form of surgery. Many spine surgeries can be performed through an MIS approach; however, MIS is not ideal for every single case and every type of patient. Talk to your doctor about MIS to find out if you might be a good candidate for the procedure.