When your back hurts, it can affect everything you do. Whether you have an acute back injury or a serious spine condition, the spine experts at Baptist Health can help. Eliminating your pain quickly, effectively and safely is our priority.

Our team of spine surgeons are trained to treat a full range of back, neck and spine conditions. They have extensive experience in completing a variety of simple-to-complex procedures. And, whenever possible, they perform minimally invasive procedures to shorten your hospital stay and speed up your recovery.

As spine specialists, we also know surgery isn’t the best option for everyone. That’s why we’ll work with you and our nonsurgical spine care and pain management colleagues to find the treatment that best fits your goals and lifestyle.

We look forward to being the partner that can deliver the comprehensive, compassionate, personalized spine care you deserve.

Our Approach to Spine Surgery

Our Approach to Spine Surgery

Back, neck and spine pain can limit your activities and impact your quality of life. Our goal is finding the treatment that safely eliminates your pain so you can enjoy the moments that matter most.

With us, you’ll receive the compassionate care you need to quickly address your pain. We use advanced imaging technologies to accurately diagnose your problem. And, whenever possible, we use nonsurgical treatments and minimally invasive procedures to help you return to your normal life faster.

Conditions We Treat

An injury or a condition that gets worse over time can cause back, neck or spine problems. But sometimes your pain and discomfort simply come from general wear and tear on your body. Whatever the reason, our specialists have the expertise to help you. We have extensive training in treating a full range of conditions that affect your spine.

We can address a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • This is a wide range of progressive disorders that can develop in your lower back (lumbar spine).

  • This type of arthritis causes inflammation in various parts of the spine.

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  • With this structural defect, part of the brain bulges through the back of the skull, putting pressure on the spinal cord.

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  • This abnormal tangle of blood vessels develops in the spinal cord and brain and causes problems with the connections between your arteries and veins.

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  • This inflammation is caused by an autoimmune attack on the blood vessels that serve your brain and spinal cord. It can block these vessels and stop blood flow to your brain and spinal cord.

  • This condition involves the gradual loss of the normal structure and function of your spine. It can be caused by aging, tumors, infections or arthritis.

  • This type of AVM involves abnormal connections between the arteries and veins in the tissues that cover your brain and spinal cord.

  • If you experience an unsuccessful surgery, you will continue to feel pain and won’t be able to return to normal activity.

  • With this condition, your lower back loses some of its normal curvature. You may appear stooped over and have difficulty standing up straight.

  • This problem develops when the soft, jellylike center of a disc (the rubbery cushion between your vertebrae bones), bulges through a tear in the disc. Over time, you may feel arm or leg pain, numbness or tingling, or weakness.

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  • This condition is a moderate form of spina bifida where the fluid-filled sacs that usually form around the spinal cord develop outside the body.

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  • This problem develops when surrounding tissues (bones, cartilage, muscles and tendons) place too much pressure on a nerve.

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  • Frequently called a pinched nerve, this condition results from injury or damage to the nerve roots in the area where they leave the spine.

  • This condition is the pain, weakness, numbness or tingling you feel when you have too much pressure on the sciatic nerve in your leg.

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  • This condition makes the spine curve to look like an “S” or a “C.” The bones can also be rotated so you may look like you’re leaning to one side.

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  • These conditions develop early in life and may cause abnormal spine alignment, nerve problems that limit arm and leg movement, bathroom problems and pain. They are frequently related to spina bifida.

  • This range of conditions, including infections, autoimmune diseases, inflammation, or degenerative diseases, causes damage and deterioration to your spinal cord.

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  • This condition is a fracture or dislocation of your vertebrae bones anywhere along your spine.

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  • These problems can include bruises, compression, and partial or complete tears to your spinal cord.

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  • This condition involves spinal canals that narrow and pinch the nerves.

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  • Cancerous or noncancerous tumors can develop inside or outside the spinal cord.

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And, if you received your initial diagnosis somewhere else, our specialists can evaluate you and offer a second opinion about your condition and potential treatment plan.

Types of Spine Surgery

Your spine contains dozens of nerves that control your body’s movement and feeling. So, treating a painful spinal condition with surgery requires accuracy and delicate precision. Our spine surgeons are specially trained to complete a full range of procedures. From leading-edge minimally invasive techniques to complex open surgeries, our specialists will work with you to find the procedure that best fits your needs.

Some of our surgeries include:

  • This treatment preserves the most range-of-motion for patients who have fractures that are dislocated more than 6 mm or who can’t wear a halo orthosis.

  • In this procedure, your surgeon removes the damaged or diseased cervical (neck) disc and replaces it with an artificial one.

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  • During this procedure, your surgeon removes part of the bone that covers your spinal canal, relieving any narrowing or pressure.

  • Your surgeon will complete this procedure through the front of your neck. After removing your damaged disc, they insert a bone graft, plates and screws that will keep the rest of your bones in place. Over time, the graft and your bones will join together.

  • During this procedure, your surgeon creates space in your spine that relieves pressure on your spinal cord and nerves. They can reduce pressure and pain by removing part of a vertebrae bone or removing a damaged disc.

  • These procedures can be performed anywhere along your spine from your neck to your lower back (lumbar). During this operation, your surgeons will remove any damaged discs.

  • Using CT, MRI, ultrasound or X-ray, your surgeon will examine your spine to identify any lesions or other abnormalities.

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  • This minimally invasive procedure treats spinal fractures. Your surgeon inflates a special balloon to create space between your vertebrae. Then, they inject special bone cement into your vertebrae.

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  • Your surgeon places a small, flexible tube (a catheter) into your lumbar spine to drain cerebrospinal fluid.

  • These techniques connect two or more vertebrae bones in your lower back. This reduces motion between the bones to decrease pain.

  • During this procedure, your surgeon will thread tiny tools through a catheter between your vertebrae bones to your herniated disc to remove the damaged part. Or they can also use a laser to remove the damaged part of your disc.

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  • Spinal fusion is the most common surgery for scoliosis. For this procedure, your surgeon will make a cut (an incision) along your back and essentially “welds” your vertebrae together using bits of bone. Hooks, screws and other instruments will help keep your spine straight.

  • Your surgeon will consider a laminectomy after other medical treatments haven’t worked. During this procedure, they will remove part of all the vertebrae bone that is putting pressure on your spinal cord or nerve roots.

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  • If your previous spine surgery wasn’t successful, your surgeon may recommend a second procedure to correct any lingering or new problems.

"Now, my horizon is the way that it should be. I am going to be able to play volleyball again; I am going to be able to go to the beach again; I am going to be able to carry my son again; I am going to be able to go to his field day and do, I don’t know, the three legged race — And that is what I want."
Mr. Bokamper says he is extremely grateful for Dr. Vasquez and the entire team because he’s at the point where he can barely remember he had the back pain at all — and “quite frankly they gave me my life back.”

Meet Our Spine Surgeons

We are proud that our team of highly trained neurosurgeons has experience across the full range of back, neck and spine surgeries. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained experts work closely with our advanced practice providers to deliver the most comprehensive, compassionate care that leads to your best outcomes. Learn more about our surgeons.
Back, Neck and Spine Clinical Trials

Back, Neck and Spine Clinical Trials

Baptist Health Miami Neuroscience Institute is at the forefront of clinical research that will lead to new, more effective spine surgery procedures. If you’d like to be a partner in our robust research program or learn more about our clinical trials, view our list of ongoing studies.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes. Even if you’ve undergone spine surgery somewhere else, we want to help you live a safe, pain-free life. Our team frequently sees patients who still have pain and mobility problems after a previous surgery. To reduce your discomfort, we can make simple adjustments or complete complex revision surgeries.

  • We’re here to help you understand your surgery and get the best results possible. Watch our videos to know what to expect before and after surgery.

  • At Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care, we believe every patient deserves personalized care. That’s why we give you direct access to your surgeon throughout your treatment. If you’re admitted to the hospital for your procedure, you will meet with your physician and neurosurgeon daily to discuss your questions and concerns. We keep the lines of communication open throughout your care.

  • Most patients who have back, neck or spine surgery need rehabilitation. This can include lifestyle changes like weight loss or exercise, as well as physical or occupational therapy. Your surgical team will work closely with you and our neuro rehabilitation specialists to identify the rehabilitation therapy that’s right for you.

Our Locations

We provide spine surgery at Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care locations throughout Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Find a location near you.

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