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Q. Where are you located?

Brain2Spine Institute is conveniently located in the Tampa Bay area near downtown St. Petersburg. Our address is 603 7th Street South, Suite 540, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. 

Q. What are your hours of operation?

Brain2Spine Institute is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. National holidays may affect these hours.

Q. Will my insurance cover my services?

It is important to familiarize yourself with your insurance plan so that you are aware of your deductibles and copays, which will prepare you for the cost of your visit. If you have a deductible, you must pay the full balance of that deductible before your insurance will pay for your care. A copay is an amount that you are required to pay at the time of your visit. You should contact your insurance company for these details. Brain2Spine accepts a variety of insurances, including: 

  • AETNA Commercial HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • AETNA PPO
  • AvMed ONLY JOBE AND STENGEL
  • Baycare/Great West
  • BCBS
  • BCBS Blue Select
  • BCBS Health Options/Bluecare
  • BCBS FEDERAL
  • BCBS MED AVANT
  • BCBS MEDICARE
  • BCBS My Blue
  • BCBS SimplyBlue
  • Careplus/Medicare Advantage
  • Champus/Champva
  • Cigna
  • CIGNA ALLEGIANCE
  • Cigna-Baycare
  • Clear Health Alliance
  • Connecticut General
  • Emblem/GHI NO PA’S
  • Evolutions Network
  • FL DOH-COUNTY INS
  • FREEDOM/OPTIMUM
  • GEHA
  • GHI CMP
  • Great West/Baycare
  • Mailhandlers
  • Medicare Part B
  • Medicare Railroad
  • Meritain
  • Molina Marketplace
  • Molina Medicaid
  • Molina Medicare
  • NALC
  • OPTIMUM/FREEDOM
  • Pinellas County Health Dept
  • Pinellas County Sheriff
  • Quality Health Plans (QHP)
  • Secure Horizons Medicare
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid
  • Simply Healthcare Medicare
  • Tricare For Life (Medicare Supp.)
  • Ultimate Health Plans-HMO

Q. What parts of the body do you treat?

Our specialized neurosurgeons treat the entire central nervous system, including the spine, spinal cord, spinal column, brain, cranial, and peripheral nerves. We understand that the central nervous system works together to provide optimal, pain-free movement. Our comprehensive approach ensures that each patient receives the care they need to regain functionality. 

Q. What are the lumbar spine discharge instructions?

  1. Call your physician’s office the day of discharge for an appointment about three weeks from now. Until then, follow the guidelines(FAQ):
  2. Activity the first week is lying down and walking. Keep sitting to a minimum. At most, sit for 20 minutes at a time.
  3. Take only those new medications prescribed by your doctor. If you need any others, call the office.
  4. Resume your normal diet. But avoid constipating and binding foods. If needed, please take a stool softener or Metamucil.
  5. Avoid soaking your incision in a tub bath or pool for three weeks. Showering is permitted, typically, two days after your incision is free of drainage. Allow water to run across the incision, but do not scrub or soak the incision in the shower. The steri-strips edges may begin to peel up after two weeks and can be removed at that time.
  6. The ride home in the front seat of the car – do not drive. If possible, recline the seat to relieve pressure on your back. If the ride home exceeds 20 minutes, stop and walk around for a few minutes every 20 minutes. Minimize riding in the car for three weeks. If necessary, you may drive to the corner store in 1 week. Avoid any significant driving for three weeks.
  7. Sit only in straight hard-backed dining room chairs, preferably one with armrests. Do not sit longer than 20 minutes at a time. Get up and walk around after every sitting period
  8. Frequent walks with good posture – indoors and outdoors – but avoid the rough ground, throw rugs, waxed or wet floors. Relax and make your steps the same length on each side. Gradually, increase your walking distance daily – progress to one mile a day after a week and up to 2 miles a day after two weeks.
  9. Avoid sudden twisting, turning or bending. Never bend from the waist. Squat if necessary to pick up something from the floor. Avoid unusually soft or low seats.
  10. Use a firm mattress or bed board under the mattress if possible.
  11. Avoid sex for two weeks.

Q. What are the cervical spine discharge instructions?

  1. Call your physician’s office the day of discharge for an appointment about three weeks from now. The number is 727-828-8400. Until then, follow the guidelines:
  2. Wear the soft collar at all times, except when showering. When reaching for objects, keep your elbows close to your body as it will pull less on your neck.
  3. Take only those new medications prescribed by your doctor. If you need any others, call the office.
  4. Resume your normal diet. But avoid constipating and binding foods. If needed, please take a stool softener or Metamucil.
  5. Avoid soaking your incision in a tub bath or pool for three weeks. Showering is permitted, typically, two days after your incision is free of drainage. Allow water to run across the incision, but do not scrub or soak the incision in the shower. The steri-strips edges may begin to peel up after two weeks and can be removed at that time.
  6. The ride home in the front seat of the car – do not drive. Minimize riding in the car for three weeks. If necessary, you may drive to the corner store in 1 week. Avoid any significant driving for three weeks.
  7. Frequent walks with good posture – indoors and outdoors – but avoid the rough ground, throw rugs, waxed or wet floors. Relax and make your steps the same length on each side. Gradually, increase your walking distance daily – progress to one mile a day after a week and up to 2 miles a day after two weeks.
  8. Avoid sudden twisting, turning or bending.
  9. Use a firm mattress or bed board under the mattress if possible.
  10. Avoid sex for two weeks.

Q. What conditions do you treat?

The neurosurgeons at Brain2Spine institute treat a variety of conditions that affect the nervous system. These include conditions of the spinal cord, spinal column, brain, cranial, and peripheral nerves. A complete list of conditions includes: 

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