So I wanted to briefly touch on my surgery experience following the Bilateral Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Stabilization Surgery and Bilateral Piriformis Release performed by Dr. David Weiss in Gainesville, GA. First off, I do not get any sort of benefit from promoting Dr. Weiss or his business. I say all of this simply to share information for those who might be in the situation I was in, and with limited options as I was faced with.
As with any health organization, there are pros and cons. I'll start off with the only complaint I had, which in hind sight is very small in comparison with the great results of the surgery and the excellent staff that worked with me. When going the route of using Dr. Weiss' office, they have to facilitate the use of a Physical Therapy office that at the time [the office] struggled to communicate the charges (outside of insurance - not a copay) that would come up during the time I was under their care (application charges, initial appointments, pre-op appointments, surgery day OR charges, and post-op visitation charges). If you need this surgery and are interested in using Dr. Weiss, you have to go through the physical therapy office they use, as the therapist assists him in surgery. My personal recommendation is to sit down (or call) the office manager (not the financial manager - she did not give accurate quotes) and have them explain each and every charge that will come up - from the initial visit to post-op visits. If you can, record the conversation so that there is some accountability, and make sure you take the person's name whom you are speaking with, the date and the time.
|Myself with Vikki Sims, Physical Therapist|
I will soon post a blog about my 9-month post-op progress, which has been great compared to where I was prior to surgery. As always, please feel free to ask questions! My hopes are that this "review" helps those who are looking into this surgery know a little more about this option.