Re: How to get a neurosurgeon
It all depends on what kind of insurance you have. If you have an HMO or EPO you will most likley need to be referred to any specialty physicain through your primary care physician (PCP). With most POS and PPO plans you can refer yourself. HOWEVER, often a good primary care will direct you to the right neurosurgeon so it might be worth it anyway to talk to your PCP.
Call the number on your insurance card and ask them if a referral is necessary for seeing a specialty physician.
Years ago I had what I thought was galbaldder problems and my PCP disagreed. I called the number on my insurance card and the customer service agent said I could see any physician I wanted without a referral from my PCP. Two people in my office had seen the same galbladder surgeon and I "self referred" myself to his office. Long story short I had my galbladder out (I had a malfunctioning galbladder) and my PCP visited me in the hospital to say "Hmm, I guess it was your galbladder"......so sometimes the patient does know best.
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08