Please find below the most frequently asled questions which might also provide some answers to you.

    Documentation for in-depth evaluation

    What documentation is needed to get an evaluation?

    We need your Patient Data Sheet, which you can download on this website (cervical or lumbar).

    For spinal surgeries, we need x-rays in four views (AP, lateral, flexion, extension) and an MRI (both not older than 6 months).

    For hip, knee or shoulder surgeries, we need x-rays (not older than 6 months).


    Send your images

    How can I send my images?

    You can send us your images via mail or email (images in Dicom format). Please contact your ICM for instructions how to export the images from discs.



    Will my insurance cover this procedure?

    We do not direct bill insurance companies. However, many patients have been successful in seeking reimbursement from their insurance companies. Upon request, we will be happy to assist you as much as we can in this process by providing you with appropriate documentation to submit to your insurance.



    What is an MRSA test and do I need one?

    An MRSA test is a simple nasal swab that checks for Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to most antibiotics. Without a negative test result, we cannot admit you into our hospital.


    Necessary items

    What should I bring with me?

    Please bring comfortable yet sturdy slippers you can wear in the hospital. You should also keep in mind, that you will need a converter for electrical equipment.



    Where do I stay after arrival and how do I get there?

    Our taxi will pick you up and bring you to your hotel.


    Stay of your companion

    Can my companion stay in my hospital room?

    Due to hygienic and insurance reasons, this is not possible. We can organize transportation and accommodation in one of our partner hotels nearby the hospital.


    length of stay

    How long do I need to stay in Germany for the surgery?

    Depending on the surgery and your personal well-being, you should plan on staying for at least two weeks.


    in-patient rehabilitation

    Will there be an in-patient rehabilitation in Germany?

    Depending on your individual case and our surgeons diagnosis, we also offer this. The majority of patients travel back home without in-patient rehabilitation.


    Follow-up care

    What about follow up care?

    We will remain in communication with you and provide follow up documentation to assist your local doctor in regards to medication and therapies. If you have any questions after your surgery, we are always just a phone call or an email away.



    I had three discs removed, two replaced with ADR (C4/5 and C5/6) and one Scient-X cage fusion at C3/4. Now I am 2 years out and I am doing virtually anything I want to do. I ride my horses, work around my house, weight train, road race, fly, sail, fish, golf… I lead as full a life as any one I know and I am only looking for more! I must stress that I do my exercises religiously and that does make a difference. You will absolutely get out of the experience what you put into the experience. It takes work. There is no question that my decision to go to Germany was the right one. I only wish that I had made the decision earlier.


    VIDEO CASE STUDY: Cary Limebeer, Lumbar & Cervical ADR on the Same Day, Welder from Ontario, Canada
    Cary and his wife journeyed from Canada so Cary could have lumbar and cervical disc replacement on the same day. This 19-minute video case study meets the Limebeers while they are preparing for their trip and follows them through surgery and recovery, catching up with them both 5 months later. Watch to get the perspective of husband and wife as they share their thought processes, challenges, and successes.

    VIDEO CASE STUDY: Cary Limebeer, Lumbar & Cervical ADR on the Same Day, Welder from Ontario, Canada