Elite Spine

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of our most frequent asked questions. Please do not hesitate to contact us if your query is not answered below.

How do I book an appointment with Elite Spine?

You can ring our practice at 087 196 7382. Alternatively, you can email us at elitespinepractice@gmail.com.

What is the waiting time for an appointment at Elite Spine?

At Elite Spine, we aim to see all our new patients within a two-week time frame.

Where can I be seen for my appointment?

We have two practice locations, one in North Dublin (city-centre) and one in Foxrock, South Dublin. You can choose either of these locations depending on your preference.

What do I need to book an appointment at Elite Spine?

You will need a referral letter from either your GP, Consultant or Physiotherapist. You will also need a recent MRI scan off the effected area (within 6 months).

What do I need to bring to an appointment at Elite Spine?

You will need to bring a copy of your MRI scan and any health insurance details with you on the day.

What if I have to cancel or change my appointment at Elite Spine?

Elite Spine is committed to is committed to providing all of our patients with exceptional care. When a patient cancels without giving enough notice, they prevent another patient from being seen. Please call us at 087 196 7382 by 14:00 p.m. on the day prior to your scheduled appointment to notify us of any changes or cancellations. To cancel a Monday appointment, please call our office by 14:00 p.m. on Friday. If prior notification is not given, you will be charged €100 for the missed appointment.

What is the fee schedule at Elite Spine?

At Elite Spine, our new patient appointments are €275. Any return or follow-up appointment will be €175. Our post-operative check-up appointments are €100. If you are seen by the Clinical Nurse Specialist review clinic, this will be €75. You may be eligible for partial or complete refund of these fees - please check with your health insurer.

What insurance plans do you accept at Elite Spine?

As there are many different types of health insurance plans, we advice that you check your individual policy with your health insurance provider prior to attending.

What if I do not have any health insurance or I am not adequately insured?

The Mater Private Hospital offer a wide range of guaranteed fixed price procedures and treatments for patients who wish to pay for their treatment. If you would like to receive more information about this service, you can call the Access to Care Team on 1800 80 42 22.

Can I be seen in the Public System?

If you wish, you may be seen in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. However, please be aware that their may be a significant waiting time.

Does Elite Spine provide a medicolegal service?

If required, a medicolegal report can be provided at the request of your solicitor. A fee will be applied for such reports. Please contact us for more information.

Patient Testimonials

Elite Spine

I was recently referred to Elite Spine by my local G.P. as I had severe pain in my lower back and right hip. From the moment I arrived at the hospital door I was treated in a most professional and caring manner by the full team at Elite Spine. Diagnosis and treatment was swift and most professional. I am now fully recovered, pain free and leading a normal life again. Thank you Elite Spine. FMcG


From the time where my health began to be significantly impacted - the speed, efficiency and professionalism of Mr.Butler and his team was exceptional. From my doctors initial referral to Mr. Butlers clinic, Conor McBride, Mr. Butlers executive assistant did everything he could to work my hectic work diary around Clinic times, while Clinical Nurse Specialist Andrea was on hand post op to deal with all worries and queries. It's a great relief to know that your interests are what matters when life throws you a serious curve-ball.


Had a recurring, (over two years), back problem and on attending the Mater Private Hospital requested that remedial attention, if necessary, should be undertaken by Mr Joseph Butler. He was strongly recommended to me by a Health Professional who knew of his acknowledged expertise. Upon diagnosis I had, some two days later, a Lumbar Decompression and was up and about (timidly) the following day. I can strongly reccomend Mr Butler and his Clinical Nurse Specialist Andrea Flannery fortheir expert and "down to earth" approach.


During the past year I experienced severe neck and arm pain. I was referred to Mr Butler from my GP. Having a background in the medical field I was very apprehensive when surgery was suggested as the long term answer. I met with Mr butler and Nurse Andrea. They calmed my fears. When I arrived at the Mater Private I was welcomed by them. In surgery I was wheeled in and both were there. What a sense of safety!. My recovery went excellent and they were there for me daily. My recovery was fast and straightforward. They are at the other side of the phone if I need them, Thankfully I haven’t. If one could say it was a good experience, then it was excellent.

Sr McG

I was fortunate to be referred quite quickly to Mr Butler but in advance of my first consultation, I had spoken with the Elite Spine Team on the phone, they were very reassuring and once my condition was diagnosed and the date set for surgery, I felt a certain degree of relief. After surgery, it was wonderful to be pain free. To be able to sleep uninterrupted is like winning the health lotto. The care received from the entire team was fantastic."


Earlier this year my husband suffered from a very severe back condition. On arrival at Elite Spine Clinic we were treated with the utmost kindness and reassurance. The team of Mr.Joseph Butler, Consultant Spine Surgeon, Andrea,Spine Clinical Nurse Specialist,and Conor were each available to us at all times and we can’t thank them enough for the quality of care he received which was always professional and administered with great kindness.


Having endured and ignored a disc problem in my neck for many years I finally decided that the time had come to address the issue. Mr. Butler of Elite Spine was recommended to me and after an initial consultation, he recommended I have surgery but psychologically I wasn’t ready. At no time did he pressure me to take his advice. Eventually I had to accept that I needed to heed his recommendation. From my initial consultation to my final consultation I found Mr. Bulter to be quietly reassuring and extremely diligent. I met with his specialist nurse who continues to this day to follow up on my progress. At all times I felt I was in competent and capable hands. I cannot recommend Elite Spine highly enough and I am a very fussy ex-nurse!!