Neurosurgery Clinic

Welcome to the Department of Neurosurgery at University of New Mexico Hospitals.  This page is intended to assist you in finding answers to the most common questions that you might have for the clinic and provide you with important information about our procedures and our staff.

Neurological surgery is the surgical sub-specialty involved with the diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric patients with disorders of the brain, spine or peripheral nerves.  The care provided can either be surgical or non-surgical depending on the type of disorder.  Conditions treated by neurosurgeons include spinal disc herniation, spinal stenosis, hydrocephalus, head trauma, spinal cord trauma, brain tumors, hemorrhagic stroke, abnormalities of the peripheral nerves, carotid artery stenosis, and cerebral aneurysms and ateriovenous malformations of the brain and spinal cord.

Clinic Appointments

The Neurosurgery Clinic at University of New Mexico Hospitals is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  To schedule, change, or cancel an appointment, call (505) 272-9494

  • Please check that you have the proper referral from your primary care physician if required by your insurance plan
  • Please confirm with your insurance carrier that our physicians care participating in your plan
  • Please let us know if this is your first time in our office or if you have seen one of our physicians before
  • If you need to change or cancel your appointment, please call our office as soon as possible.

Office Visits

Please bring the following items on your first appointment (unless your medical information is already in our office):

  • Any medical records related to your illness
  • X- rays such as MRI, CT scans, angiograms, myelograms, and plain films
  • Complete list of medications both prescribed and over the counter
  • Complete list of any food or drug allergies
  • Referral from you primary care physician (PCP) if needed. Many insurance policies require an authorization from the PCP before you can see a specialist. Otherwise, there may be out of pocket expenses incurred.
  • Insurance cards
  • Information on Workman's Compensation including claim number, address, phone number, agent who is handing the claim, and date of injury
  • Information on referring physicians including names, addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers
  • List of questions that you may have for the doctor on your visit
  • During the visit, your doctor and his staff will review your medical history and examine you.  You may need additional tests and we will make every effort to schedule the tests at a time convenient to you.  Some tests may need prior authorization from your PCP

After Your Office Visit

  • Questions - if you have any questions after your appointment, please call our office at (505)272-9494
  • Test results - A clinic nurse will be contacting you with test results.  Bear in mind, that some tests can take up to a week for the results to become available.  If you do not hear from us, please contact our office and ask to speak to your physician's nurse.
  • Emergencies - if you have an emergency, go directly to the nearest emergency department

Hospitalization

If surgery is needed, you will be given a complete pre-operative packet with important information on preparation for your surgery.  You should notify your insurance carrier before you are admitted to the hospital since most require patients to have prior approval for tests and surgery.  The hospital will also confirm your insurance coverage and obtain pre-certification.  If you have any questions regarding pre-authorization for surgery, please call Admitting at (505)272-2418.

To check your arrival time for surgery, call the Preoperative Assessment Clinic at 272-2410 the day before your scheduled surgery, after 2 p.m.  If your surgery is scheduled for a Monday, please call on the Friday before the weekend to confirm your arrival time for the scheduled surgery.  Please remember to bring your X-Rays with you the day of surgery unless, they are already in our office.


Medical Records

We are not authorized to provide copies of patient medical records.  Requests for copies of your medical record should be directed to our Medical Record Department at (505) 272-2141 where they will provide you information on how to complete a release form.


Patient Billing

For any billing questions, please call the Billing Department at (505)272-2521.