FAQs About Neurosurgery

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

To help make your visit as productive as possible, please bring the following:

  • CD/Films containing any MRI/CT/Xray images
  • Photo ID
  • Insurance Cards
  • Insurance Referral/Authorization
  • Method of payment (Check, Credit Card, Cash)

Without these items, your appointment may be rescheduled.

What insurances do you accept?

We accept most major insurances companies, including Aetna, Cigna, BCBS, Medicare, Humana, United Healthcare, however, we are not participating providers with Medicaid. Self-pay patients, injuries related to auto accidents, and Workers’ Compensation Injuries may be accepted on a case by case basis.

Please contact our office if you have specific questions about your insurance plan participation and coverage.

Does my insurance require an authorization or referral to make an appointment?

Most HMO plans will require authorization, which will need to be initiated by your primary care physician. Please check with your doctor or insurance plan if this is required. It is your responsibility to make sure that the authorization information has been received by our office. Without it, your appointment may be rescheduled or you may be financially liable for your charges.

Do I need to arrive early to fill out paperwork?

Unfortunately, we no longer offer printed patient forms in order to maintain our commitment to Healthcare Regulations and Electronic Health Records standards. However, for your convenience, we can assign you personal, secure login information to our Patient Portal, which will allow you to complete all of your necessary information prior to your appointment. Using our patient portal allows you to request medication refills, medical records, appointments, or pay your bill all at your convenience! Don’t wait contact our office for your personal login!

Should I get an MRI or other testing prior to my appointment?

While imaging studies are a helpful tool in diagnosing your condition, they are not required for your first appointment. Having these studies done in advance can assist in making your first visit as productive as possible, however, Dr. Medary can order all necessary and recommended testing during your appointment.

What is the difference between a neurologist and a neurosurgeon?

A neurologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and management of neurological conditions with testing, treatments, and medication. A neurologist is a specialist who treats diseases of the brain and spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. Neurological conditions may include epilepsy, stroke, MS multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease and headaches.

A neurosurgeon, is able to perform surgery on the brain and spinal cord, whereas a neurologist is typically not able to do so. In addition to performing surgical procedures, neurosurgeons are also able to help you navigate through your diagnosis, your treatment plan, the actual surgery, and post-recovery options.

Dr. Max Medary is a neurosurgeon who specializes in surgical intervention to treat complex spine disease, cerebrovascular disorders, brain tumors, pituitary tumors or acoustic neuromas.

What happens if I need surgery?

If it is determined that surgery is necessary, Dr. Medary will notify the Surgical Coordinator. Please rest assured, the caring and professional staff will guide and help you with the surgical process and requirements of scheduling through your postoperative recovery. Dr. Medary maintains close care and supervision of all his patients directly.

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