Spinal Fusion Surgery in West Palm Beach, FL
When back pain is caused by two vertebrae rubbing together, spinal fusion surgery may be an option for treatment. Board-certified neurosurgeon, Charles S. Theofilos, MD, is an internationally recognized expert in spinal fusion surgery for men and women in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens, south Florida and countries around the world.
What is Spinal Fusion Surgery?
When two vertebrae rub together and cause pain, spinal fusion surgery may be recommended. The procedure works by fusing two vertebrae together to form a single bone structure. Vertebrae are held in place via bone grafts.
Spinal fusion surgery is most often recommended for patients with degenerative disc conditions and lumbar spondylolisthesis.
Spinal fusion can be achieved using several techniques. Each technique determines how the vertebrae is accessed, such as through the patient’s front, back or side. The procedure does not always provide the patient with adequate symptom relief, most likely due to the tissue trauma caused by the technique. For this reason, Dr. Theofilos performs spinal fusion surgery with less invasive approaches.
What is Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion?
Spinal fusion surgery can be performed using various techniques, but many of the approaches produce excessive mobility limitations and may worsen symptoms in the future. Dr. Theofilos performs minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery to minimize tissue trauma. Traditional techniques require the surgeon break the muscle and pull it apart. This is why so many spinal fusion patients have extensive scars. Dr. Theofilos uses a technique allowing him to lift the muscle to perform the fusion. The incision is significantly smaller, and he uses a cannula for the procedure. Patients who have spinal fusion surgery with Dr. Theofilos enjoy a quicker recovery and fewer limitations to their mobility.
What is XLIF?
Lateral lumbar interbody fusion, or XLIF, is used to address pain in the back and legs caused by degenerative conditions of the discs. The procedure is minimally invasive, and the spine is accessed through the patient’s side rather than the back. This alleviates the need to manipulate the back muscles and expedites recovery.
What Happens During a Spinal Fusion Surgery Consultation in West Palm Beach, FL?
Choosing a surgeon for your spinal fusion surgery is the most important part of receiving treatment for your back pain. Dr. Theofilos is an internationally recognized pioneer in neurological treatments, and he performs spinal fusion surgery using minimally invasive techniques. During the consultation, he explains the extent of your condition and why he recommends spinal fusion surgery as a treatment option.
After you meet with Dr. Theofilos, we provide cost information, including any coverage by your insurance. Should you be interested in making monthly payments, we accept LendingUSA®, a leading financing company for healthcare costs.
Spinal fusion surgery is an option for severe cases of disc degeneration. Board-certified neurosurgeon Charles S. Theofilos, MD, specializes in minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery that enhances outcomes for patients in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens and south Florida, as well as for his international patients. To learn more about spinal fusion surgery at The Spine Center, contact us to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Theofilos.