Resources and Forms

Understanding Your Condition

Back and neck pain arises, and is often attributed to a soft tissue injury to the spine. There are numerous small joints in the back that can be aggravated resulting in back pain, such as nerve root irritation, disc herniations, bone spurs, or scar formation, which may put pressure on the spinal nerves. Most spine conditions involve a combination of structures. Thus, it is important to identify and treat the various causes of your symptoms.

Innovation

Conditions of the spine lead to many of the most difficult challenges in patient care. The human spine is subject to an incredible range of motions. It must bend, twist and maintain balance. Patient conditions resulting from problems with the spine are what drive the medical community to develop innovative solutions.

Technology in medicine is becoming increasingly more sophisticated, and Minimal Access Spinal Technologies are allowing for treatment of herniated discs and other procedures in a much less invasive manner. These technologies are allowing surgeons to perform procedures with smaller incisions and less damage to the surrounding tissues. Minimal Access Spinal Technologies are advancing in every aspect of medicine and will continue to advance in the area of spinal surgery.

Every patient’s condition is considered unique and our practice utilizes the most appropriate technologies designed to promote the best patient outcomes possible.

Medical Alternatives

Often, injections are performed around the small joints in the spine (facet joints), nerve root and the spinal canal itself (epidural injections). The amount of relief depends on what type of spinal condition is present. The injections consist of a combination of steroids, short and long-term anesthetics, and are utilized in an attempt to decrease pain in the hope of trying to avoid an operation. Pain Centers offer specialists trained specifically to help patients deal with chronic pain.

Holistic medicine such as acupuncture, reflexology, chiropractic adjustment, bio-magnets, and yoga may give some temporary relief.

Surgery is always the last option, and performed only on clear and identifiable conditions as a solution to decrease pain. Numbness and tingling are not indications to operate because they are too unpredictable. Patients must have clear and realistic expectations of surgery, recovery-time and maintenance of post-surgery health. As mentioned previously, muscles, ligaments, tendons, small joints in the spine, weight control, smoking, dedication to good back care and the psychological profile of a person affect surgical results.

Spine Conditions and Procedures
Information About ProDisc-L (Artificial Lumbar Disc)

After reviewing your history and x-rays, and taking into account the results ofother diagnostic studies, your surgeon has decided that you need spine surgery. You have been provided this patient information brochure to assist you in making an informed choice regarding the treatment of your b ack pain with the ProDisc-L Total Disc Replacement from Synthes Spine.

For Information About Kyphoplasty

Don’t let spinal fractures keep you from the activities you enjoy. Our Kyphon® Balloon Kyphoplasty is a proven, minimally invasive procedure that can repair spinal fractures. Many people enjoy long-term improvements – in mobility, restored vertebral body height, and reduced back pain.

Cyberknife Information

The CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney. The treatment – which delivers beams of high dose radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy – offers new hope to patients worldwide.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons – Patient Information

Neurosurgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the entire nervous system including the spinal column, spinal cord, brain and peripheral nerves.

Registration Form

Please print completed form and bring to your office visit.

Download the complete form here (Right click then select “Save as” or “Save Link As” to save on local drive.)

Please note that all patients are required to bring with them:
▪ Films
▪ Reports
▪ Medication List
▪ Insurance Card
▪ Referral (If Required)
▪ Photo Identification

*Office must be notified 24 hours in advance for cancellations.



Insurances Accepted

▪ AETNA, PPO, HMO
▪ AvMED
▪ BC/BS PPO, HEALTH OPTIONS
▪ CAREPLUS
▪ CIGNA, PPO, HMO
▪ HUMANA, PPO, HMO
▪ MEDICARE
▪ UNITED HEALTHCARE, PPO, HMO

Hospital Affiliations


To schedule your appointment with one of our skilled neurosurgeons, please call Palm Beach Neurosurgery. Both our Wellington office and our Jupiter neurosurgery office are conveniently located, so just let us know which location you prefer.
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