Traveling for spine surgery

Choosing one spine care provider over another is a deeply personal decision. And it’s why we believe every potential patient should have the knowledge he or she needs to make an informed choice. While location can play a major role in where you chose to have surgery, know this: More than 80 percent of our patients travel from outside their home states. Before you make the journey to see us, we want you to make the comparison, weighing our advantages to those of providers closer to you. You’ll soon see why Laser Spine Institute is the nation’s leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. From our exceptional team of board-certified surgeons+ to a less than 1-inch incision, traveling to Laser Spine Institute for spine surgery is an adventure that starts with compassionate care and ends in relief.

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Planning your trip

You’ve made the decision to travel for spine surgery. And now you’re ready to start planning your trip. But before you do, there’s a resource you need to know about — Laser Spine Institute. Did you know our caring team members can help coordinate your travel? And connect you with our discounted partner hotels? We can even help you map out the closest airports, quickest driving routes and recommend things to see and do while you and your Care Partner are in town.

Once you arrive at our state-of-the-art surgery center, you’ll notice a distinct advantage — most all your appointments are under the very same roof. That means no rushing around from place to place or scrambling to find where to go next. In fact, Laser Spine Institute has thoughtfully planned your appointments with a detailed itinerary, allowing ample time for you to meet with each member of our medical team. Want to get see what each of our facilities has to offer? Start planning your journey to get your life back today.


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While you’re here

Around every corner, you’ll feel it. It’s that warm and welcoming way of making you feel right at home. From outstretched hands to open hearts, our exceptional team of professionals is dedicated to providing the highest level of compassionate care to you and your Care Partner. Your time is valuable. That’s why we take special care to make your visit with us one that’s worthwhile.

While you’re here, we invite you to curl up with a good book in our cozy lounges. Watch your favorite show on TV. Enjoy an assortment of complimentary gourmet coffees, teas and ice-cold drinks while you wait. Check your email with our free Wi-Fi connection. At Laser Spine Institute, we go above and beyond our day-to-day duties to infuse some down-home hospitality into your health care. It’s just one of the many reasons patients from across the world make the journey to see us.


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Travel tips

If you fly

It may be quick and convenient, but flying after back surgery doesn’t have to mean packing your patience. To ease your concerns, we’ve put together a list of travel tips to help get you ready for takeoff. Keep this list handy as you depart from a life of chronic pain and soar into the active lifestyle you once left behind.

  • Get up and stretch. Sitting in the same position on a long flight can cause sore muscles and stiffness. Try getting up midflight and walking the aisles.
  • Stay hydrated. Flying can cause dehydration so remember to drink plenty of water before you feel thirsty.
  • Dress in loose-fitting clothing.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • If you need to, contact your airline to request a wheelchair to help you navigate the airport with your Care Partner.

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If you drive

Road warriors take note — traveling to Laser Spine Institute by car is a popular option for our patients. That’s because our state-of-the-art surgery centers are strategically situated in and around major U.S. cities. The road to relief is waiting, and you’ll be greeted with our hometown welcome when you arrive. Here are some tips to make your trip zoom along:

  • Stop and stretch every hour
  • Ask your Care Partner for help getting in and out of the vehicle
  • Walk around any chance you get
  • Check your gas gauge often
  • Fuel up by bringing along healthy snacks
  • Pack a good pillow
  • Take a nap
  • Stay hydrated

What to pack

  • Loose-fitting clothing
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Blanket
  • Pillow
  • Medications
  • Conservative care records
  • Insurance card
  • Driver’s license, passport or valid photo ID
  • Signed registration forms