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Answers to the most common Tarlov Cyst questions

Some patients will need a dedicated MRI of the sacrum or flexion/extension x-rays of the lumbar spine to look for instability.

 

DO I HAVE TO NOTIFY MY INSURANCE COMPANY TO GET APPROVAL FOR MY SURGERY?

Our office will do any necessary pre-authorization and contact you if there is anything you must do.

AT WHAT FACILITY WILL THE PROCEDURE BE PERFORMED?

Surgery is scheduled either at Pine Creek Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas, Texas or St. Luke’s South in Overland Park, Kansas. Patient needs and insurance coverage will determine the location.

HOW MANY DAYS WILL I BE IN THE HOSPITAL?

Generally three to four days.

CAN A FAMILY MEMBER STAY WITH ME IN THE HOSPITAL?

Yes.

HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO STAY IN TOWN AFTER MY SURGERY ONCE I'VE BEEN DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL?

Seven to ten days.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL SCENARIO FOR THOSE COMING OUT OF TOWN FOR SURGERY?

For example, if your surgery is planned for a Wednesday, this is a typical day by day plan.

If you have not met Dr. Feigenbaum in person, you will need to travel to Texas either on Sunday or early Monday, meet Dr. Feigenbaum on Monday and do any pre-admission items at the hospital, have surgery on Wednesday, be discharged to the hotel on Friday or Saturday, and be seen in the office for a post-operative appointment on Friday. If you are doing well, it may be possible to move your appointment earlier. You can plan to travel home after your post-operative appointment or the day after your visit.

If you have already met Dr. Feigenbaum, you will need to travel to Texas on early Tuesday so that you can do any pre-admission items with the hospital on Tuesday; these are walk-in appointments, but please arrive before 4 P.M.

WHAT FOLLOW UP IS DONE AFTER THE SURGERY?

Local patients: are seen at 3 weeks, 3 and 6 monthsComputer Technology Articles, and one and two years after surgery. The post-operative appointment is mostly with the nurse. An MRI is done at 3 months and one and two years after surgery. Post-operative surveys or questionnaires are filled out by patients at 3 and 6 months and one and two years after the surgery.

Out of town patients: are seen in the office approximately one week after surgery. An MRI is done at 3 months and one and two years after surgery. Post-operative surveys or questionnaires are filled out by patients at 3 and 6 months and one and two years after the surgery. These items need to be mailed to our main office in Texas to be reviewed by Dr. Feigenbaum.

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