FAQs: Common questions about spine treatment

Dr. Stephen Marano wants to make sure you have the answers you need about your spine treatment. Below are questions he often receives. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact Dr. Marano or a member of his team at 208.534-6198.

Q: How do I make an appointment?
A: Call our office at 208.534-6198 so we can schedule a time and date that’s convenient for you. You’ll need to complete a medical and health history and other forms before your appointment. You can either download the forms and fill them out before your visit or arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete the paperwork in our office.

Q: Will my insurance pay for any medical services?
A: Most health insurance plans cover most services. Please check with your health plan before your visit. If you have questions or need help with the insurance process, please call our office, and someone will be happy to help you.

Q: Which hospital will Dr. Marano use for my surgery?
A: Dr. Marano performs surgery and sees patients at four hospitals in the Eastern Idaho region Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Idaho Doctors’ Hospital, Bingham Memorial Hospital and Mountain View Hospital. If you have a preference, please let Dr. Marano know during your office visit.

Q: What is ambulatory surgery?
A: Dr. Marano performs many procedures in an outpatient setting, defined as less than 23 hours by most insurance companies. The patient may go home the same day of the procedure or the following morning.

Q: What is minimally invasive spine surgery?
A: Minimally invasive spine (MIS) surgery is a type of surgery that decreases how much a patient’s muscle tissue and body parts are disturbed during the procedure. Dr. Marano will explain to the patient what minimally invasive surgery is and, together with the patient, decide if that is the best option for him or her.


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