texasspondyMemberMay 26, 2012 at 8:54 amPost count: 25
Hi Dr. Corenman, I have dialogued information back and forth with you here on my pars defect and I would like to ask some information on appointments for out of towners that I could not find on your website.
I live in texas, (Houston) and though I have seen a neurosurgeon, been given a conservative treatment plan, and told what my surgical fix would be, I deffinitely want to obtain a second opinion. I don’t doubt your physical interview/observation with me will be different than what my neurgosurgeon has spelled out for me, however, none the less, a second opinion will weigh greatly in my future spine decision. On to my question….
I am extremely impressed by your demonstrated knowledge, experience, patience, and testimonials on the website, so would like to schedule an appointment with you in the near future. I see that your webiste says many folks travel the world to see you. I have an mri from Sept/2011, of which I’m sure an updated one would need to be obtained for you. I have two different ESI’s performed, a bone scan, PT, back brace, etc so, if I come to see you, I can bring some of this with you but I guess I would just give your office the phone numbers to my neurosurgeon and PMS doctor to obtain all supportive documents??? Also I want to make sure I get the most out of my little time there. I could fly in, rent a car, and stay overnight at a hotel if necessary. I just want to make sure you get all imaging, mri’s, xrays, a physical appointment with me, and everything we need to wrap up in one appointment, since I can’t just get in the car and come back next week for follow up appointment, is this possible for us out of towners???
My next questions is really, is it even realistic for one to have a TLIF procedure done with you and either fly or drive back home (Texas). I am in the process of selling my house, right now, and a divorce to follow so I will be by myself in this adventure. I am thinking if you did a procedure that I would require a rehab center stay locally around vail for a couple weeks, then to get follow up appoinntment with you before I arrange transportation back home, possibly a friend drive me back to texas or a flight??? I realize we can discuss this in person but trying to get all information possible lined up. Thanks for your time and helpful information…Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorMay 28, 2012 at 4:05 amPost count: 8459
When you are out of town and make an appointment to our office, my nurses find out what records need to be obtained. The best way to obtain records is for you the patient to personally obtain and hand deliver them as some offices promise to send records to us but delays and failure to send happen not uncommonly.
I make every effort to look at your history and figure out what data is missing and necessary to obtain (CT scans, new MRIs, diagnostic injections and possible EMGs) to make an appropriate diagnosis. I then schedule those tests either the same day or the day after here in Vail.
For travel, most patients fly into either Denver International Airport and take a shuttle up to Vail (about 2 hours), rent a car or land at Eagle Regional Airport and take a taxi to Vail (about 30 minutes). We have special deals with local hotels (from good to resort quality). We have a service called “Here to Help” (run by a former Olympian Skier) that will help with all accommodations and flight information. Ask the nurses.
Most patients need two days in Vail for diagnosis if the problem is complex and only a one day office visit if the problem is simple (a disc herniation or some small surgery such as a lateral recess decompression or a cervical artificial disc replacement, etc.. ).
There are times that the surgery can be scheduled on the same visit if a simple problem (as noted above) can be diagnosed and surgery can be recommended. In your case with diagnostic dilemmas, the surgery should not be scheduled on the same visit as the diagnosis.
For surgery, many (if not most) patients travel from a distance. For a fusion, you would normally need three days in the hospital and 4 more days to stay in Vail. You can then travel home on the airlines and recuperate at home. It would be helpful for the first week after you arrive home that you have some help (family or hired help to cook meals and help with daily activities). After one to two weeks after fusion, most patients can to all their own daily activities on their own.
Dr. CorenmantexasspondyMemberSeptember 17, 2012 at 1:34 amPost count: 25
Good Day to you Dr. Corenman,
Quick question for you sir. The best way to make an appointment to come in and see you is by which method? I called your local Vail office ( 970 phone #) friday morning and it was a recording for neckandback.com
So I saw the form on this website, under contact us, and I went ahead and filled it out with some information but it says if you are not a existing patient, this is not the preferred method for contact and may not receive a response. I’m just not 100% clear on a new patient making an appointment to see you.
Appreciate your time
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