THE DAY THE LIGHTS WENT OUT AT THE LASER SPINE INSTITUTE
On March 1, 2019, the Laser Spine Institute announced its closure, shutting down their Cincinnati, St. Louis, Scottsdale, and Tampa Bay locations. Laser Spine Institute’s abrupt shutdown left many wondering “How do I still get my needed surgery?” Hundreds if not thousands of spine patients were surgically displaced and considerably upset.
Fallout from Laser Spine Institute Shutdown
No stranger to legal trouble, the Laser Spine Institute had paid out close to $300 million as ordered by courts in multiple lawsuits. In 2013, the institute drew international attention when sued by celebrity wrestler, Terry Bollea, better known as “Hulk” Hogan, for ineffective treatments.
However, the Laser Spine Institute continued to nation-wide mass marketing campaigns under the guise of futuristic laser treatments that meant no or minimal incisions and recovery times. They even used an image of a tiny Band-Aid at the end of their multi-million dollar annual marketing campaigns, directing their scheme at fearful patients. The big take-home here is gimmick medicine is not good medicine.
So, a year later, as the dust continues to settle and patients continue to seek minimally invasive approaches to their surgical needs, where can patients find relief?
Left searching the web and often scrambling to surgical centers of excellence, patients continue to Google and seek recommendations for appointments near the closed Laser Spine Institute locations in Scottsdale, Cincinnati, Tampa, and St. Louis. Yet why? When quality care takes a back seat to marketing ploys built around smoke and mirrors, patients get hurt.
Our physicians are certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and have trained at the nation’s top medical colleges and hospital systems. Each of our NYSI surgeons holds active faculty positions at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. De Moura is also the co-chief of orthopaedics at Mercy Medical Center (double check the title of this position, please).
Strategically located in the New York City area medical tourism is something in which NYSI is well-versed. Patients seeking the world’s top spinal surgeons are often willing to travel thousands of miles to receive the highest standards of care we offer.
New York Spine Institute’s offices are located throughout the New York City area, including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and at multiple additional locations in the greater tri-state area; We feature highly-trained staff, state-of-the-art facilities, and work with the highest quality hospital systems. New York Spine Institute is open to accepting patients affected by the closure of the Laser Spine Institute. We are committed to ensuring a smooth and prompt transition to relief from your back and neck pain.
If you are a patient who has been affected by the closure of the Laser Spine Institute, please reach out to our team for a consultation today. We offer both in-person and virtual telemedicine consultations with exceptionally short wait times. We look forward to hearing from you today!