TGH Spine Neurosurgery Program Surgeons Advance Evidence-Based Spine Care in the Tampa Bay Area and the State
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TGH Spine Neurosurgery Program Surgeons Advance Evidence-Based Spine Care in the Tampa Bay Area and the State

surgeons perform spine neurosurgery on patient in operating room


Tampa General Hospital (TGH) spine neurosurgeons, in conjunction with USF Health Morsani College of Medi- cine spine surgeons, deliver comprehensive evaluation, treatment and management of degenerative cervical and lumbar conditions and complex spinal deformi- ties, including tumors and infection. From kyphoplasty to tumor radiofrequency ablation and resections to Chiari decompression, Tampa General offers advanced thoracic and lumbar, cervical, intradural and non-spine technologies and treatments.

The spine neurosurgery program at TGH features high- level spine surgeons whose training and spine-specific expertise helps advance evidence-based spine care in the Tampa Bay area and the state.


Led by Dr. Puya Alikhani, Director of Neurosurgical Spine at TGH and Director of the Spine Division at the USF Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa General Hospital offers surgical and non-surgical treatment options for adult and pediatric patients with mild to severe scoliosis. Treatments include:
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery and open deformity surgery
  • Body casting that is replaced every few months to correct spinal curvatures in the youngest patients as they grow
  • Robotic-assisted spine surgery that uses imaging technology to help with surgical navigation


Neurosurgeons at TGH perform more minimally invasive spine surgeries than virtually any other hospital in the region, including endoscopic laser spine surgery, where surgeons combine the use of a small fiber-optic camera (endoscope) and a laser to reduce or eliminate back pain.

Tampa General neurosurgeons also perform countless minimally invasive microdiscectomies, laminectomies, foraminotomies and lumbar fusions to treat spinal steno- sis, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthe- sis and other spinal conditions and issues.

Incisions of less than an inch reduce blood loss, pain and infection. Most patients can go home the same day and resume work and everyday activities within weeks, com- pared with open procedures that require long recoveries, medical management and lengthy hospital stays.

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