Spine specialists in Aventura

Living with neck or back pain can make common activities, such as walking, bending, sleeping or working agonizing. Patients come to the Orthopedic and Spine Institute at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, for expert diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of spine problems.

To learn more about spine care at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 256-7692.

Understanding the spine

Nearly 12 million visits are made to physician offices each year because of back problems. Eight out of 10 people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. In order to understand back pain, we must understand the spine.

  • The spine is both strong and flexible with 24 hard bones (vertebrae) that connect like puzzle pieces with soft cushioning disks between them.
  • The transverse process is a wing of bone on either side of each vertebra.
  • The spinous process is the part of each vertebra you can feel through your skin.
  • The spinal cord is the “electric cable” that travels through a central canal in the vertebrae, connecting your brain to the muscles of your legs.

The spine has three natural curves:

  • The cervical curve (neck)
  • The thoracis curve (middle back)
  • The lumbar curve (lower back)

Back or neck problems can have many causes including:

  • Damage from overuse
  • Damage from an injury
  • Medical problems such as arthritis

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Spine surgery

When neck and back pain are not improved by nonsurgical treatments, our skilled spinal surgeons are able to provide patients with relief. Our multidisciplinary spine team consists of surgeons, pain physicians and nurses who work together to provide personalized plans of care for our patients.

At Aventura Hospital and Medical Center's Orthopedics and Spine Institute, we offer a wide variety of spine surgeries and treatments, including:

Anterior cervical discectomy

Patients experiencing pain, weakness, numbness and/or tingling may have a cervical disk herniation. A herniated disk can be removed through an anterior approach (through the front of the neck) to relieve spinal cord or nerve root pressure and alleviate corresponding symptoms.

During this procedure, a small portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disk material from under the nerve root is removed. This relieves pinching of the nerve and facilitates more room for the nerve to heal.

Spinal fusion

A spinal fusion helps patients experiencing degenerative disk disease among other conditions when physical therapy and exercise do not alleviate symptoms. During this procedure, a metal or plastic graft is used to fuse the two vertebrae so there is no longer any motion between them. This procedure reduces some of the pressure on the nerves, aiding in pain reduction and potential nerve injury. This surgery can be performed using specific techniques depending on the patient’s complaints and the cause of his or her symptoms.

Disk replacement surgery

Lumbar disk replacement involves replacing a damaged or degenerated disk in the lower part of the spine with an artificial disk. This procedure is often viewed as an alternative to spinal fusion surgery.

Cervical spine surgery

Cervical spine surgery can treat either nerve and/or spinal cord impingement (connective tissue rubbing on a shoulder blade) or spinal instability. Cervical spine surgery relieves pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. It also restores nerve function by stopping or preventing abnormal movement of the spine. During this surgery, a bone graft is used either in front or behind the spine to fuse the vertebrae back together.

Spinal stenosis surgery

Spinal stenosis surgery relieves short- and long-term pain from lumbar spinal stenosis, which is a common condition that occurs when the small spinal cord becomes compressed and causes pinching. The following procedures may be performed to relieve stress on the spinal canal:

  • Laminectomy—A procedure that creates space by removing a portion of the vertebral bone called the lamina
  • Spinal fusion surgery—A procedure, in which a metal or plastic graft is used to fuse the two vertebrae so that there is no longer any motion between them
  • Endoscopic spinal surgery—A minimally invasive spinal procedure
  • Foraminotomy—A procedure that enlarges the area around one of the bones in the spinal column to relieve pressure on compressed nerves

Augmented reality (AR) guided spine surgery

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is the first community hospital in the Southeast Region and Florida to offer groundbreaking augmented reality (AR) guided spine surgery. The technology allows surgeons to “see” a patient’s spine in 3D through the skin during minimally invasive spine surgery, giving them better control and visualization, which may lead to easier, faster and safer surgeries.

Similar to a real-time GPS, this “see-through” surgery lets surgeons know exactly where to place the implants based on each patient’s unique anatomy, and brings a new standard of personalization and care to the operating room. The AR guided spine surgery is different from other image guidance systems as it allows surgeons to maintain their focus directly on the patient, rather than a distant screen displaying the patient’s anatomy.

Minimally invasive spine care

Compression fractures consist of a disintegrated vertebra, due to trauma or a weakened vertebra. This is often seen in patients with osteoporosis, which is a condition which makes bones weak and brittle.

Our highly skilled neuroradiologist at Aventura Hospital and Medical Hospital will work with you to recommend the best treatment option based on your individual situation. Surgical procedures available to treat spinal fractures, include:


Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive spinal procedure that relieves the pain of vertebral compression fractures by using imaging guidance to inject the fracture vertebrate with cement. This procedure is often performed on the following patient groups:

  • Patients that have vertebral compression due to a tumor
  • Older patients that cannot undergo open spinal surgery
  • Younger people who have osteoporosis due to a metabolic disorder


Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive spinal procedure that relieves the pain of vertebral compression fractures by inserting a balloon to inject the fractured vertebrate with cement.

Preoperative education classes

The Orthopedic and Spine Institute at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is dedicated to providing information to patients and family members considering orthopedic or spine surgery.

We offer educational classes for patients who are scheduled for joint or spine surgery at our facility.

For more information about our preoperative education classes, please contact our Orthopedics and Spine Institute at (888) 256-7692.