Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion in West Palm Beach, FL
Historically, spinal fusion surgery meant a stay in the hospital and long recoveries for patients in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens and south Florida, as well as men and women in other areas of the world. World-renowned neurosurgeon, Charles S. Theofilos, MD, has pioneered many advances in neurosurgery, and now he offers minimally invasive lumbar fusion at The Spine Center.
What is Lumbar Fusion Surgery?
The lumbar region of the spine is prone to developing pain and other symptoms due to degenerative or traumatic conditions and abnormalities. Lumbar fusion surgery may be recommended for patients who experience chronic pain and limited mobility. The surgery works by fusing two vertebrae together, typically with bone grafts. This limits the movement of the damaged vertebrae.
Traditional lumbar fusion techniques require the surgeon to make extensive incisions and manipulate the soft tissues of the back and body. Although various techniques do exist to access the vertebrae from different angles, tissue trauma is always a concern.
What are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion Surgery?
Minimally invasive lumbar fusion surgery requires smaller incisions and significantly less manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues. Benefits include a shortened procedure time, less blood loss, lower infection rate, less post-operative pain, less hospital time and reduces patient recovery time allowing you to return to your normal life sooner when compared to open spine surgery.
What is XLIF?
XLIF (lateral lumbar interbody fusion), is a technique that requires the surgeon to access the spine from the side of the patient’s body. This technique is intended to reduce tissue trauma and patient recovery by alleviating the need to manipulate the large back muscles.
How Does Dr. Theofilos Perform Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion Surgery?
As a pioneer in lumbar fusion surgical techniques, Dr. Theofilos avoids manipulation of the back muscles. Instead, he lifts the muscle and uses a cannula to perform the fusion. By using this approach, he is able to maximize the benefits of minimally invasive lumbar fusion surgery while providing his patients with excellent pain reduction.
What Happens During a Consultation for Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion Surgery in West Palm Beach, FL?
As a world-class neurosurgeon, Dr. Theofilos develops long-term relationships with his patients. This allows him to carefully monitor their progress and intervene as needed. The patient/surgeon relationship begins with a consultation that takes one to three hours. The time is used to perform a comprehensive evaluation and review or order diagnostic testing, enabling Dr. Theofilos to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. If he determines conservative approaches present little opportunity to alleviate your symptoms, he may recommend minimally invasive lumbar fusion surgery.
After you meet with Dr. Theofilos to develop a treatment plan, we will review the cost and discuss your payment options, including financing through LendingUSA®.
Lumbar fusion surgery is an extensive procedure that affects the back muscles, spine and other anatomical structures. Although techniques do exist to make the procedure less invasive, patients may still experience lengthy recoveries. Charles S. Theofilos, MD, a pioneer in neurological treatments, has developed a technique for minimally invasive lumbar fusion surgeries that further reduce patient recovery compared to other minimally invasive techniques. If you are looking for a world-class neurosurgeon, contact The Spine Center to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Theofilos. We serve patients in West Palm beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens and other areas in Florida. We also offer concierge services for international patients.