Southwest Neurosurgical Associates

Phone: 505.244.0080
Fax: 505.244.9048
8080 Academy Rd. NE, Suite B
Albuquerque, NM 87111-1159

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need a referral to see a provider at Southwest Neurosurgical Associates?

Yes, you will need to be referred by a physician; also, state sponsored insurances require written referrals.

Do I need a MRI/CT before the appointment?

Yes and your referring physician will need to order the MRI/CT prior to the appointment.

What insurance does SWNSA accept?

We will bill most health insurances. However you should contact your insurance carrier to ask if our office is part of your insurance network.

If I have surgery will your office fill out my disability paperwork?

Yes, our office will fill out any disability or FMLA paperwork that you or your family members may need in order to care for you following surgery, but there is a $25 fee per packet of paperwork.

Where do you perform surgery?

We perform surgery at Lovelace Medical Center - Downtown and Presbyterian Hospital (downtown hospital on Central only).

Do I have a choice as to which hospital I have my surgery?

Yes, most of the time the surgery can be performed equally well at either hospital, but in many cases the decision is effectively determined by which health plan you have. For patients who need Gamma Knife radiosurgery, the machine resides only at Lovelace Medical Center - Downtown and your health plan will cover treatment as it is the only such facility in the state.

Do you perform any non-surgical procedures for spine problems?

No, we do not perform injections, physical therapy, or prescribe medical treatment for spine problems and surgery is the only treatment we can provide. Therefore, if you know beforehand that you would not consider surgery under any circumstances, you probably should not make an appointment with us.

How long will it take to schedule surgery after the appointment if surgery is offered?

This is highly variable and depends on the urgency of the problem, type/length of surgery needed, which hospital, etc but generally speaking the wait time for surgery to be scheduled is shorter than the wait time for the initial appointment.