Do I need a referral to see a physician at the Spine Institute?
A referral is only needed if required by your insurance carrier. Typically, however, our patients have already seen their primary care physician or an orthopedic specialist and are sent to one of the Spine Institute physicians for a consultative appointment. Our physicians then relay back to the referring physician the results of your appointment(s).
What is the procedure for prescription refill requests?
Once a patient has called and requested a refill on an existing prescription, that request is sent to the physician for approval. If approved we ask that you allow 24 hours for the prescription to be called in due to the volume of refill requests that flow through our clinic. If the refill request is not approved, you will hear back from one of our staff members within 2 working days.
When will my epidural steroid injection (ESI) or selective nerve root block (SNRB) appointment be scheduled?
If an ESI or SNRB is ordered by one of the Spine Institute of Louisiana physicians, the order will be sent to a pain management physician for scheduling. The pain management’s office staff will call you within 7-10 working days to set up an appointment for the procedure.