International Patients Welcome

International Patients Welcome

International Patients Welcome

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International Patients

As you can see from previous blogs, we do things a little differently at ShimSpine. We provide personal service, don’t take health insurance and try to be our patient’s biggest advocate. I’m sure that a lot of people think that because we are in Florida, we would be unable to help them.  This is not true at all. Some of our favorite patients have come from other countries and we are ready for more.

Let’s talk…..                 

We offer packages to many patients who have long waits for surgery, who want exceptional spine care or who want a completely discreet surgery with no electronic records. We pick you up from the airport and take care of all of the arrangements including a consultation with Spine Surgeon John Shim, hospital or surgery center costs, lodging, and your private medical team.

When you make your first call to us, you will speak to one of our clinical staff who will get your information, arrange to have Dr. Shim review any films or studies available and make sure you are a candidate for surgery.

We understand it can be scary to go to a different place to have surgery but our team is with you all the way. We will care for you and the significant other you bring with you. One of us is always available to talk and reassure. Our packages generally include a Monday to Friday stay and you can chose a Safety Harbor Spa package or a Dunedin/ Gulf of Mexico package. Surgery is done in either the hospital or the surgery center, depending on safety issues, cost and the patient’s preference.

I know, I know; how much is it??? Our usual surgery package range is from $15,000 – $30,000 depending what surgery we do. This includes your lodging, local transportation, hospital costs and surgeon costs. You will write 2 checks while you are here and will receive no further bills. You will know the cost before you leave home. Surprises are for birthdays and anniversaries, not surgery. You are our patient for 3 months and are welcome to call with any questions.

Spine Surgeries available to our International patients:

  1.     Anterior Cervical Discectomy with fusion (1 or 2 level)
  2.     Posterior Cervical laminotomy/foraminotomy
  3.     Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression/ laminectomy
  4.     Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy
  5.     Lumbar decompression with interspinous or interlaminar spacer

These are common surgeries done for herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, sciatica and other problems with the spine. Not everyone is a candidate for travelling to have surgery. The fact there would be a plane ride involved, and everything is done within 5 days, excludes certain patients.

Reasons not to have Surgery Away from home

  1.     Previous spine surgery in the same area
  2.     History of blood clots or use of blood thinners (Warfarin, Coumadin)
  3.     BMI greater than 35
  4.     Uncontrolled diabetes
  5.     History of Cardiac or Pulmonary disease
  6.     History of surgical infections i.e. MRSA

Hopefully this has given you or a friend (feel free to share) an option for your spine care. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and look forward to hearing from you.

Your only job is to get better. We’ve got everything else.

813-814-9251—–ShimSpine.com

 

Citations

  • Hong YA. Medical Tourism and Telemedicine: A New Frontier of an Old Business. J Med Internet Res. 2016 May 23;18(5):e115. PubMed PMID: 27215230

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Chief of Surgery, Mease Countryside and Mease Dunedin Hospitals, Safety Harbor and Dunedin, Florida. 2014-2016.

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The information provided on this website does not provide or should be considered medical advice. It is not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment of any condition. The information provided is for informational purposes only. You should not rely solely on the information provided on this website in making a decision to pursue a specific treatment or advice. You should consult directly with a professional healthcare provider.

As a condition of using the information on this website, ShimSpine and its physicians are not responsible for any advice, diagnosis, treatment or outcome you may obtain.

ShimSpine.com is completely self-funded. No outside funds are accepted or used. This website does not utilize paid advertising as a source of revenue.
Outpatient Spine Surgery Considerations. www.Spine-Health.com. January 2016.

What is Spinal Stenosis? www.Spine-Health.com. October 2015.

Surgeon insights on the Changing Landscape of Orthopedic Care. OrthopedicToday. June 2014

Chapter 33: Interspinous Spacers. Shim JH, Mazza JS, Kim DH Published in Minimally Invasive Percutaneous Spinal Techniques. Elsevier Health Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Published 2011)

Chapter 35: Minimally Invasive Percutaneous Lumbar Fusion Technique.Shim JH, Mazza JS, Kim DH Published in Minimally Invasive Percutaneous Spinal Techniques. Elsevier Health Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Published 2011)

March 2010 Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting New Orleans, Louisiana February 2010

February 2010 A Review of Dynamic Stabilization in the Lumbar Spine Selby Spine Symposium; Park City, Utah

November 2009 Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Community Based Lecture; Tampa, Florida

September 2009 Instructor/Proctor Minimally Invasive Lumbar Cadaver Lab; Tampa, Florida

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February 2008 The Degenerative Spine: The Role of Dynamic Lumbar Stablization and Interspinous Spacers Selby Spine Symposium; Park City, Utah

October 2008 Emerging Technology and Techniques in Spinal Surgery Orthopaedics in the 21st Century Symposium; Morton Plant Mease Healthcare; Largo, Florida

September 2007 Emerging Technology in Spinal Surgery Orthopaedics in the 21st Century Symposium; Morton Plant Mease Healthcare; Largo, Florida

October 2006 Emerging Technology and Techniques in Spinal Surgery Orthopaedics in the 21st Century Symposium; Morton Plant Mease Healthcare; Largo, Florida

May 2005 The Role of Kyphoplasty in the Treatment of Vertebral Compression Fractures Mease Neurosciences Symposium; Clearwater, Florida
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