ESA Endoscopic Spine Surgery Course
Transform your practice from managing back and neck pain with opioids to curing it with minimally invasive endoscopic surgery.
Can Pain Management Physicians perform endoscopic surgery?
As an endoscopic spine surgeon with over 20 years of experience, I say yes, with two conditions:
- The endoscopic procedures performed should be outside the spinal canal.
- The pain management physician needs to be properly trained and mentored for specific procedures.
Even if you thought this was a good idea or a possible fit for you, how would you get started ?
I’ve taught many courses over the years for various companies at their meetings and they are good instructional courses, with two major problems which are:
They didn’t outline a clear pathway of progression from easy to more difficult procedures, making retention difficult.
If you didn’t do a procedure within a couple of weeks of attending a course, you probably never implemented the procedure in your practice because, until now, there was no easy way to review the procedure in detail.
They didn’t show you how to get paid!
The other component missing was the “how to” element needed implement a procedure into a pain practice and get the best possible reimbursement.
The ESA comprehensive online learning program is a series of four courses designed to establish a pathway for the pain management doctor to follow to become an endoscopic specialist. The pathway begins with a low risk, confidence building procedure, like lumbar facet debridement, to introduce you to the endoscopic experience. These courses demonstrate how to treat problems that most fellowship trained spine surgeons aren’t interested in treating. You will learn how to treat painful conditions of the spine that are not in the spinal canal. This will allow you to introduce a unique skill set (endoscopic spine surgery) into your community and avoid unnecessary conflict with the existing medical hierarchy.
Each course in the program is comprised of 9 modules and designed to elevate your confidence by showing you all the details necessary to perform an endoscopic procedure. These details are never revealed in company courses or meetings, but are very necessary for you to get going and succeed.
Additionally, we help you fully implement these procedures into your practice by outlining the CPT codes for your office staff, pick sheets for your operating room, your facility needs in terms of consent, equipment, room setup and anesthesia requirements. We even include a video that demonstrates how to hold the endoscope.
When you have this information at your fingertips, your resistance to doing these cases will be reduced considerably, even if you haven’t done a case in years. Module 6 in each course shows a detailed video of a surgical procedure that you can review as often as you like.
Finally, we’ve included a discussion about marketing and the benefits of treating a problem that already exists in your office.
Is there a way to learn without taking time away?
Endoscopic Spine Academy (ESA) is the first organization with a comprehensive online training program available 24 hours a day
How I got started
I’ve had a 100% endoscopic spine surgery practice since 1998, purchased my first transforaminal instrument tray in 2001, and have never performed a fusion. I have performed thousands of these procedures and instructed endoscope techniques around the world. Over the years, I was able to combine state-of-the-art endoscopic equipment with some basic science to develop a “cure” for facet syndrome and annular tears in many cases.
Properly implemented, these courses can transform the lives of your patients and your practice, whether it is a legal, insurance or cash practice.
What you get
Each course is comprised of 9 modules that include the following.
I have been performing endoscopic spine procedures for 7 years and have attended a multitude of training workshops and conferences. The cervical facet course taught by Dr. Mork was one of the best educational experiences I have had in the field of spinal endoscopy. Nothing is left out of this training series, as Dr. Mork takes you from diagnosis, to selective injection, to the procedure, and finishes with the specifics of documentation and coding. This is truly a complete curriculum for cervical facet treatment with the endoscope, and I have put his technique into effect immediately in my practice. I leave most courses with inspiration and hope regarding a new technique, but I finished his course with confidence and a complete knowledge of the procedure including tips on complication avoidance. Thanks to the online aspect of his course, I can continually check back to watch the procedure videos as well as refresh my memory on the specifics of documentation, coding, and anatomy. This is essential since there is often a delay between a training course and the application of the technique, which can be a significant barrier to performing a new procedure. Prior to my first case I reviewed the anatomical and procedural videos and found a renewed sense of confidence that allowed me to perform a safe and effective endoscopic intervention.
In summary, this course is essential for anyone that has basic endoscopic experience with the spine and is looking to expand their practice into the cervical area. I cannot stress enough how impressed I was with the straightforward and comprehensive manner in which this course was laid out. I look forward eagerly to continued training by Dr. Mork through his online endoscopic academy!
Cervical facet pain is a common problem encountered by physicians who treat spinal pain. Endoscopic cervical facet debridement is an intriguing method to treat facet pain by directly addressing the injured or pain generating anatomy. Potential targets for endoscopic treatment are the posterior joint capsule, the posterior synovium and hypertrophied joint margins.
Dr. Mork’s course addresses all aspects of the procedure from A to Z. While many courses focus on patient selection and technical procedure aspects, Dr. Mork’s course covers important topics not usually seen elsewhere like scheduling and consent, draping and OR disposables, dictation and billing. The meat and potatoes of the course though is the intraoperative presentation. This is well covered and the endoscopic portion of the procedure plays well to an educational medium that uses video.
There is a lack of comprehensive endoscopic learning materials. Dr. Mork’s Endoscopic Spine Academy fills a badly needed void in standardizing endoscopic spine surgery education and will nicely complement vendor and professional society sponsored courses.
Did you ever go to a meeting and come home with a new skill set that you could perform with confidence ?
Probably not. I’ve attended dozens and taught many. While valuable in the informational sense, there are a few common problems with using a corporate or organizational meeting to learn a new skill set. You can take time off work to attend expensive courses, but how often do you return home with an in-depth knowledge of a specific endoscopic procedure that is appropriate for your level of progression and with the expectation of reasonable reimbursement ?
It took me 20 years to learn these skills that I can teach you in a few hours and shorten your time needed to become an endoscopic spine specialist.
No single focus
There are a wide variety of people with vastly different experiences that show up at meetings or courses, so numerous topics must be presented to accommodate various levels of experience. There just isn't enough time to present a single topic from A-Z. This means that you can spend thousands of dollars for a meeting, take off the time to travel and attend, and still not come home with a new, useable skill set. Corporate offerings are great but often try to show too much without a guided pathway from easy to difficult.
How many times have you been to a course or meeting and learned something that you wanted to try back at home ? However, by the time you saw that particular problem in the office, too much time had passed and you didn’t remember all the details of a particular procedure, so you never implemented it. Wouldn’t an online course that you could access 24/7 be nice ?
Experience of Instructors
We’ve all heard it, “see one, do one, teach one”. You also know that the level of instruction is very different from one person to another and between the instructor who has done 10 cases or the fellow with1000 cases over 20 years. The intricate details of a procedure can be the difference between average and great outcomes.
What your facility needs to know
There is nothing worse than showing up for a procedure and then not knowing how to properly set the room up or not having a critical piece of equipment. Your facility relies on you to provide them with your needs and the optimal set up. We provide you with the information they need.
Lack of billing information
You and your office must have a clear idea of the correct billing codes and financial expectations of a surgical procedure before investing in equipment, not to mention your time. The correct dictation has a big effect on reimbursement too.