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ESA Endoscopic Spine Surgery Course

Transform your practice from managing back and neck pain with opioids to curing it with minimally invasive endoscopic surgery.

ESA shows you the entire success path – everything you need to succeed as an endoscopic surgeon – from patient assessment all the way to coding, billing, and follow up.

Everything you need to know to operate with confidence

Each course includes 9 online modules that walk you step by step through the success path for the procedure:

  • Overview
  • Diagnostics
  • Scheduling and Consent
  • Instruments and Equipment
  • Anesthesia and Positioning
  • Detailed Procedure Demonstration
  • Post Op
  • Dictation
  • Coding and Billing

1-day in-person lab intensive

Once you complete the online learning, you’ll be able to schedule a one-day lab intensive to review and practice the procedure in a cadaver lab. You’ll receive direct mentoring from Dr. Tony Mork, and once you successfully complete the intensive, you’ll be certified by ESA to perform the procedure.

The Benefits of Endoscopic Spine Academy

There are 4 courses that begin with a low-risk, confidence-building procedure

Course 1 is designed to introduce you to the endoscopic experience with the lumbar facet debridement. Courses 2, 3, and 4 teach more difficult procedures and build on experience gained. The order of courses is “The Pathway” to make steady progress.

Videos for learning and reference

Each course consists of 9 detailed videos that present the featured endoscopic surgical procedure, which you can review as often as you like. Every course includes a basic video that demonstrates the proper way to hold the endoscope.

Every course in the program consists of 9 modules

They’re all designed to elevate your confidence by showing you all the details necessary to perform an endoscopic procedure. These are the kinds of details that are not revealed in company courses or meetings but are essential for you to get started, succeed and get paid.

How to implement the procedures in your office

You’ll learn how to implement these procedures in your practice with all the necessary details, including the CPT codes for your office staff and the pick sheets for your facility. There are modules for consent forms, equipment needed, operating-room setup, and anesthesia requirements.

When you have this detailed information at your fingertips, your confidence will be increased and your resistance to doing the procedures will be reduced.

Since you can review videos of the procedures at any time, you’ll be able to increase your confidence even if you haven’t done a case in years.

No or little professional conflict to be concerned about

These courses demonstrate how to treat problems that are not inside the spinal canal. Painful conditions that most fellowship-trained spine surgeons aren’t interested in. This distinction will enable you to introduce endoscopic spine surgery in your community with little or no professional conflict.

This is the way to learn a new skill set without taking time away from your practice

Endoscopic Spine Academy (ESA) is the first surgical organization with a comprehensive online training program available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. So you can learn on your own schedule.

An opportunity to transform your practice and lives of your patients

Properly implemented, these courses can enable you to transform your practice and the lives of your patients. It makes no difference whether you have a legal, insurance, or cash practice.

Don’t just manage back and neck pain, cure it.

Why limit your practice to pain management when you can learn to cure neck and back pain with endoscopic spine surgery? This is a much more viable strategy than a “prescription practice” with opioids, especially with increasing pressure from the government, big pharma and insurance companies to limit opioid use.  

Why should you be interested in Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

  • The vast majority of the generators of back and neck pain are outside the spinal canal
  • The incisions are only between 3/8 of an inch to ½ of an inch.
  • You’re already doing the differential diagnoses with spinal blocks
  • Most orthopedic and neurologic spine surgeons specialize in surgery that involves the spinal cord. So the endoscopic surgery you’ll be doing causes little or no professional conflict.
  • It’s your opportunity to go beyond the growing pressures to limit opioid use.
  • The transformation will significantly boost your income

Safely and seamlessly incorporate endoscopic spine surgery into your pain management practice today!

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Tony Mork, MD, Founder of the Endoscopic Spine Academy

My driving force in 1998 to learn endoscopic spine surgery was to relieve back and neck pain without a fusion. Since then I’ve done over 9,000 endoscopic surgical procedures and cured the back and neck pain of thousands of grateful patients. I’ve taught some of the top physicians around the world on the same endoscopic techniques that you can learn with Endoscopic Spine Academy.

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’ve also been able to combine state-of-the-art endoscopic equipment with some basic science to develop a “cure” for many cases of facet syndrome and annular tears.

I can teach you to perform these same surgeries with a complete, 24/7, online course provided by my Endoscopic Spine Academy.

What painful conditions of the spine can be cured with endoscopic surgery?

There are many painful conditions that endoscopic spine surgery can eliminate entirely or significantly reduce. They’re the conditions that are still often managed for temporary relief with ablation, injections, or medications.

The conditions include:

  • Annular tears
  • Facet syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Foraminal stenosis
  • Disc herniation
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sciatica
lower back pain

They’re actually the causes of most back pain and being able to cure them is highly appealing to patients. They want alternatives to fusion surgery. You’ll be able to help them avoid it and reduce the frequency of failed back surgeries.

Senior with back pain

The course is designed primarily for pain management physicians

It’s a comprehensive course approved by the Endoscopic Spine Academy, or ESA, primarily for pain management physicians who want to transition their practices to endoscopic surgery and start to cure pain, instead of just managing it.

I want to clarify why I said it’s primarily for pain management physicians.

  • The courses in the ESA program are especially designed to treat painful conditions of the spine that are frequently seen in a pain management office.
  • Many of these painful problems are typically not of much interest to spine surgeons, because the conditions are located outside the spinal canal.
  • These conditions can be difficult to diagnose, since there is usually not an imaging study that pinpoints the source of the pain.
  • The conditions are usually diagnosed with a block of some sort, typically done by a pain management doctor.
  • The courses thoroughly demonstrate how to use endoscopic spine surgery to cure these “soft tissue” problems, not just manage them.

Can physicians in pain management learn to do endoscopic spine surgery?

As an endoscopic spine surgeon with over 20 years of experience, I say yes, with two conditions:

The endoscopic procedures should be outside the spinal canal.

The pain management physician needs to be properly trained and mentored for specific procedures.

With Endoscopic Spine Academy you’ll learn what the usual courses seldom teach – how you can actually get started doing the procedures.

I’ve taught many courses over the years for various companies. They’re good instructional courses, but most of them have two major shortcomings:

1. They don’t outline a clear progression from easy to more difficult procedures, so implementing the procedures becomes difficult.
When the participants don’t perform a procedure within a couple of weeks of attending a course, they probably never will integrate it into their practice.  One reason is that the participants don’t have an easy way to review the procedure in detail. ESA counters this issue with an online course you can access 24/7, even after you’ve completed it.

2. They don’t show the participants how to get paid. As you know, an essential part of how to implement a procedure is how to get properly  reimbursed. You’ll learn everything you need to know about getting paid with ESA.

So you take time off from work to attend an expensive course, but seldom return home with the in-depth knowledge to implement in your practice what you learned.

By contrast, the comprehensive ESA online-learning program provides a clear pathway for the pain management doctor to become an endoscopic specialist.

I’ve made certain you’ll avoid the usual shortcomings of courses and meetings

Like you, I’ve attended many of them, and I’ve taught many of them. I experienced the problems, and I’ve made sure you won’t have them when you take my course in endoscopic spine surgery.
Imagine the difference if you had taken an online course you could access 24/7 for a refresher course.

Information retention

How many times have you been to a course or meeting and learned something that you wanted to try at the office but by the time you saw a patient with the condition you didn’t remember the details of the procedure, so you didn’t implement it.

No guided pathway to success

Corporate offerings can be great learning experiences, but they often cover too much information while they neglect to provide a guided pathway from easy to difficult.

Experience of Instructors

There’s a real difference between an instructor who has done 10 cases and one who has done 1,000 cases. Only one of them can teach you the intricate details of a procedure that make the difference between average outcomes and great outcomes.

Lack of focus

There are a wide variety of people with vastly different experiences who attend meetings or courses, so numerous topics must be presented to accommodate various levels of experience. As a result, there just isn’t enough time to present a single topic from A-Z. So you can spend thousands of dollars for a course or meeting, take off the time from your practice to travel and attend, and still not come home with a new, useable skillset.

What your facility needs to know

When you schedule a procedure, you need to know your operating room is set up properly and you have all the equipment you need. Your facility relies on you to provide them with the knowledge. While most courses and meetings don’t get around to such critical practicalities,  we provide you with all 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 investing your time. The correct dictation has a big effect on reimbursement, too. We provide you with the billing information to assure that you’re properly compensated for your procedures.

Doctor speaking and teaching a class

Transition your pain management practice to an endoscopic spine surgery practice and learn how to cure back and neck pain, not just manage it.

Be the first in your area to offer a cure for pain, instead of just managing it

You’ll be providing the solution your patients want – a cure for their pain. You’ll also be providing something else they want – an alternative to fusion.
In addition, the opioid crisis guarantees that government and insurance companies will continue to apply pressure against the use of narcotics to manage pain.
So you have every reason to transition your practice to endoscopic spine surgery.