As a new patient, we at Piper Spine Care want to make every patient’s experience the best it can be. Frequently, questions come up that many patients before you have asked. Our commitment to our customers is to provide you with the information when you need it. If you are looking for a new doctoror if you are a patient just looking for a little more information we hope this helps.

What do I need to bring to my appointment? 

Visit our Appointment Preparation section to view the our New Patient Checklist

Can I get a same-day appointment?

Yes! Piper Spine Care offers same-day appointments for fracture care! This also includes spinal fractures, so please make sure when you call you let us know you would like a same-day fracture care appointment.

Will my insurance cover my visit?

It is best to call you insurance directly to get an answer to this question. We are currently in-network with most major insurances; however, every plan differs slightly and the only way to know for sure is to call yourself.

When do I pay my co-pay?

You are required to pay your co-pay at the time of your appointment. Your co-pay is determined by your insurance company.

Will I Need a Referral?

If you have a medicare replacement program, you will most likely need an insurance referral from your primary care doctor. You will need to call them prior to your appointment with us and have them fax or electronically send their referral. Our fax number is 636-229-5011. Make sure they include a diagnosis.

How Long Is the Wait for Surgery?

Dr. Piper and Dr. Rummel's schedules change weekly; however, there is usually a wait no longer than 4-6 weeks for surgery. If you have an emergent issue that requires immediate attention, this will receive priority over long-standing/chronic issues. Of course, we do our very best to get everyone in as quickly as is safely possible.

What other facilities is Piper Spine Care Associated with?

Drs. Piper, Hemmer, and Rummel are on staff with St. Joseph Hospital - Lake St. Louis & St. Charles. Additionally they are on staff at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Hospitals.

Can I fill out the patient intake forms at home?

Yes, for your convenience, please download these forms from on our website and complete them in advance to make your appointment more efficient.