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The spine is one of the most complex and important systems in the human body. The spinal column is the body’s main support structure. Its thirty-three bones, called vertebrae, are divided into five regions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal.

The medical treatment of spinal injuries and diseases requires an equally intricate knowledge of several disciplines, including orthopedics, neurology, chiropractic, vascular, and others. To offer the best possible level of spine care for our patients, Florida Orthopaedic Institute has developed a unique center of excellence totally and absolutely dedicated to the treatment of the spine.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s spine specialists focus on prevention, restoration of function, reduction in pain, and control of costs in developing any treatment for back pain. Education, exercise, medication, ultrasound, heat, massage, and chiropractic therapies are often applied as nonsurgical options to relieving spine pain. If nonsurgical approaches are not effective, the team is able to offer the latest advancements in state-of-the-art spine surgery.

Interventional Spine

The spine specialists of Florida Orthopaedic Institute understand how living with chronic spine pain can adversely affect your life. For this reason, the spine team of Florida Orthopaedic Institute applies the latest technology available for diagnosis and treatment of an array of painful spinal conditions.

Interventional treatment options are often more efficient and effective than traditional therapy for spine (back and neck) pain and discomfort. In addition, new interventional spine techniques are an exceptional, minimally invasive alternative to conventional surgery.

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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

If you have chronic back pain that has not responded to nonsurgical treatments, minimally invasive spine surgery may be a solution for you. Unlike an open spine procedure, minimally invasive spine surgery combines technological advances with state-of-the-art practices that reduce both the size of your incision as well as your hospital stay. Certain spine conditions respond very positively to this procedure as opposed to many conventional open spine surgeries. Minimally invasive spine surgery involves fewer risks than open spine surgeries.

The Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s spine specialists have both the experience and skill to perform the procedure safely and effectively. Since minimally invasive spine surgery is an extremely advanced technical procedure, our specialized surgeons are dedicated to continuing their knowledge of all up-to-date procedures and many are personally involved in assisting with the creation of new technologies.

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Sciatica describes symptoms of pain, numbness, or weakness that spread from the sciatic nerve down the lower back to the buttocks and leg. Medically sciatica is termed lumbar radiculopathy. Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying condition, not a diagnosis.

Most sciatica symptoms result from lower back disorders (like a herniated disc pressing on a nerve root) that put pressure on or causes irritation to the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica can also occur when a disc degenerates – releasing inflammatory proteins that irritate the adjacent nerve. There are other additional causes of sciatica.

Symptoms are usually only felt on one side of the body, including a combination of leg and foot pain, weakness, tingling or numbness. Pain can be searing or sharp versus achy or throbbing. Symptoms are felt in different areas of the leg and into the foot, depending on where the sciatic nerve is compressed.

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Surgical Spine Solutions

Complex back problems require specialized care. See how surgeries performed by Dr. Weinstein helped two patients improve their quality of life.

Sciatica, A Symptom and its Treatment

May 10, 2017

Doctor Profile: Dr. Steven J. Tresser

February 15, 2017

Doctor Profile: Dr. Donna A. Saatman

February 1, 2017

Dr. Tresser at Carrollwood Hospital

September 16, 2016

Stopping Scoliosis

May 10, 2016

Sciatica Surgery

May 10, 2016

Dr. Steven Barna

May 6, 2016

Dr. Marc Weinstein

May 6, 2016

Dr. Howard Jackson

May 6, 2016

Dr. John Small

May 6, 2016

Common Spine Conditions

  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Herniated Discs
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
  • Metastatic Cancer of the Spine
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Infection
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Common Spine Treatments

  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Trigger Point Injections

Common Surgical Spine Procedures

  • ALIF: Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
  • Anterior Endoscopic Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement
  • AXIALIF (Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion)
  • Cervical Laminaplasty (Cervical Laminoplasty)
  • Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy
  • Dekompressor Discectomy
  • Interspinous Process Decompression
  • Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET)
  • Intralaminar Lumbar Microendoscopic Discectomy
  • Intraoperative Monitoring (IOM) of the Nerves
  • Intrathecal Pump Implant
  • Kyphoplasty (Balloon Vertebroplasty)
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Corpectomy
  • Lumbar Disc Microsurgery
  • Lumbar Discoscopic Discectomy
  • Lumbar and Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (IBF)
  • Micro Endoscopic Discectomy
  • Micro Endoscopic Posterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Percutaneous Desc Nucleoplasty
  • Percutaneous Laser Discoplasty
  • PLIF: Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Lumbar Facets
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion (Lumbar Spine, for Treatment of Spondylolisthesis)
  • TLIF: Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Total Disc Replacement
  • Vertebroplasty
  • YESS Selective Endoscopic Discectomy

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