Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the surgery take place?
Most Neurosurgical operations are performed as an inpatient surgery or procedure at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo.
Will my insurance cover the operation?
In the majority of cases it does, but each policy is different. Please talk to my billing staff for information regarding your specific insurance plan.
How long will I be hospitalized following surgery?
Usually overnight, but it varies depending on the type of surgery.
How long will I be off work after surgery?
This varies, but usually four to twelve weeks.
Will there be pain post-operatively?
Yes. This can range from minimal to severe. You will be prescribed medication for pain control.
When will I be seen after discharge from the hospital?
Usually, 3 to 4 weeks following surgery. You will need to call the office to schedule a follow-up appointment once you arrive home from the hospital.
Will I have physical therapy after surgery?
This will be determined during the postoperative recovery.
Phillip Kissel, M.D.

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