Michael C. Weiss, D.O., FAOAO, who began his career as an orthopedic surgeon in 1986, is Laser Spine Institute’s Chairman, Department of Surgery. He leads the surgical component of Laser Spine Institute's state-of-the-art surgery centers at Laser Spine Institute. Chairman Weiss, who joined Laser Spine Institute in 2008, oversees the proprietary fellowship training program for new surgeons and surgical practices as well as continuing to perform surgery.
“Spine surgery is all we do, day in and day out. That alone helps us achieve a higher level of proficiency, work more effectively, and get better outcomes and lower complication rates.” —Michael C. Weiss, D.O., FAOAO, Chairman, Department of Surgery
Most surgical procedures at Laser Spine Institute last approximately one hour. Patients are discharged soon after their surgery, once they wake up, walk around and change back into their clothes. After patients return to their hotel, they are encouraged to walk around every couple of hours. After the patient is seen for his or her postoperative appointment, they are free to return home. They are highly encouraged to follow up with their primary care physician within two weeks to check the incision site.
Our patients can expect to have all their preoperative and postoperative and surgical needs cared for while at Laser Spine Institute. Because Laser Spine Institute operates out of an ambulatory surgical center, versus a hospital, many of the costs associated with a hospital stay are eliminated.
Our surgeons operate on only 6 to 7 percent of patients who seek treatment, as each of our patients is expertly screened to determine if they are a candidate for Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures. Our surgeons work to create a reciprocal continuum of care that encourages patients to return to their referring physicians.
Laser Spine Institute works with a number of insurance providers to ensure that as many patients as possible can receive our expert medical care.
When conservative treatments have been exhausted, Laser Spine Institute offers a surgical option with excellent benefits. Our minimally invasive, muscle-sparing technique spreads muscle without cutting it, resulting in quicker recovery^, less surgical blood loss and less risk due to the low level of impact to the body.
|MRI or CT scan review||Surgical order review||Rest and recovery|
|Insurance verification||Anesthesia review||Assessment and care instructions|
|Medical clearance||Surgery||Discharge home**|
|Patient evaluation||Recovery||Follow-up calls from PSD|
|Anesthesia discussion||Discharge to home/hotel|
|Diagnostic imaging and testing*|
* Some patients' individual medical conditions may require additional testing that Laser Spine Institute will facilitate through a third-party service provider.
**Some patients may require an experience that exceeds five days and others may require as few as four days. Patients may be required to rest 48-hours post-surgery.
More than 50% of patients report returning to work in one month. 97 percent of our patients say they would refer Laser Spine Institute to a friend or family member.
|Minimally Invasive Procedures||Traditional Open Back Surgery|
|Hospital Stay||Outpatient||2-5 Days|
|Infection Rate||0.38 percent^||Up to 19 percent|
Laser Spine Institute is committed to delivering superior, patient-centered care to all of our patients and their families. Our facilities are set up to ensure both you and your family are comfortable. Our facilities are equipped with relaxation chairs, TVs and refreshments.
Laser Spine Institute was founded in Tampa, Fla. in 2005 by three physicians who were dedicated to providing patients with extraordinary care and innovative surgical procedures. During the development of Laser Spine Institute, the goal was to offer those suffering from chronic neck and back pain a safer and effective alternative to open neck or back surgery.