FAQ - Spine Center

General Questions

Typically how long will the new patient appointment be?

New appointments vary but on average they last for (insert time.)

Do I need to bring all my medical records?

We encourage you to bring all spine-related medical records. This will help with the evaluation process.

How long are the procedures such as X-rays or MRI?

We request that patients arrive at the faculty 30 minutes before an X-ray or MRI. It usually takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on areas being scanned.

If I am seeking to self-pay how can I get a cost estimate?

For an estimate please call (insert number). We accept credit card, check or cash.

Surgery Specific Questions

How much experience do you have with surgeries?

The LLUH Spine Center has performed more than 15,000 surgeries and successfully treated approximately 45,000 patients. All of our surgeons are board certified/eligible and offer a combined 40 years of spinal surgery experience.

Will the surgery fix my problem?

There is no guarantee that surgery will fix your problem. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of our patients, and the LLUH Spine Center. In most cases there will be a complete resolution of symptoms and more often there is significant improvement. The physicians here at Loma Linda will only perform surgery if they know it will improve your condition.

Is surgery safe?

With the LLUH Spine Center, you’ll benefit from more than 40 years of experience successfully treating thousands of spinal patients. We’re committed to doing everything we can to give you the highest quality of life possible with a treatment plan tailored just for you. We will always review with you any possible risks, with any treatment plan.

What’s the recovery time for spinal surgery?

Recovery times vary depending on the selected treatment. During your consultation, your specialist will provide more specific recovery information for your procedure or surgery and can answer any related questions you may have.

How long will my surgery take?

Minimally invasive surgery can take as little as 30 minutes, whereas open surgery may take longer. Your physician will provide a more specific time range depending on your treatment plan.

How much does it cost?

Costs will vary depending on your insurance provider.
We accept most major credit cards, checks, cash and money orders.

Will my insurance cover it?

We accept most types of insurance and self-referrals are welcomed.

Is there anything I can do that’s not as invasive as surgery?

Many patients have different treatment options depending on their condition. Each patient is offered non-surgical treatment options such as physical therapy, injections or medication management.

Once a complete diagnosis has been made, our spine surgeons collaborate with a team of specialists to provide you a comprehensive treatment plan. The team may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, pain management specialists and rehabilitation physicians.

We will do our best to provide you with a treatment plan you are comfortable with and that is best suited for your condition.

I have a question that’s not addressed here. Who do I contact?

Loma Linda University Health Spine Center
Please call 909-558-4484 or toll free 1-877-558-0800.