Surgery Scheduling

Scheduling Your Surgery

The MSI staff coordinates surgery scheduling for Minnesota Spine Institute patients during normal office hours from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. They can be reached directly at 612-402-7383.

Emergency surgeries are scheduled by Dr. Hanson.

Scheduling Flexibility

Because Dr. Hanson’s surgical time tends to fill quickly, it may not be possible to schedule your surgery as quickly as you would like. If you can be flexible with time and/or location, we may be able to arrange your surgery in a more favorable time frame. If you wish to be placed on our waiting list for cancellations, please notify our staff during the scheduling process. Please understand that cancellations are random and cannot be predicted, therefore you are often only given a 24 to 48-hour notice.

Dr. Hanson performs surgeries almost every day of the week and at various locations throughout the Twin Cities.  Although emergencies are rare, they do require Dr. Hanson’s immediate attention and can alter the time your surgery may be performed. Please understand that Dr. Hanson nor our staff has no control over these types of situations.

Surgery Locations

Many variables can determine where your surgery can be performed, such as outpatient vs. in-patient or endoscopic vs. minimally invasive or your specific insurance. These variables will be discussed with you at the time of scheduling.

Twin Cities Metro Area

Burnsville Surgery Center
Center for Restorative Surgery at Maple Grove
Greenway Surgery Suites
Maplewood Surgery Center
M Health Fairview St. John’s Hospital
M Health Woodwinds Hospital


Please know it may take up to 10-14 business days to get approval for your spine surgery from your insurance carrier. For cases involving third-party payers, such as workman’s compensation, approval may be delayed much longer. Sometimes, patient involvement helps to decrease the approval time.

If your surgery does require approval, our staff will start that process right away and will contact you to schedule your surgery once the approval is received.