Spinal Surgery & Rehabilitation

Both adults and children can be treated at TGH for a full spectrum of spinal disorders, including discogenic and degenerative spine disease, scoliosis, spinal tumors, and trauma.

Services include:

Kyphoplasty. This minimally invasive technique is used to restore the original height and angle of a fractured spinal bone, or vertebra, and to relieve pain caused by the fracture. During this procedure, a balloon-type device is installed and inflated in the collapsed vertebra to restore it to its original height, followed by injection of a medical-grade cement to repair the fracture.

Laminectomy. This surgical procedure treats spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal that causes painful compression of the spinal cord and nerves. It involves widening the spinal canal by removing or trimming part of vertebrae to create more space

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. In a minimally invasive, or laparoscopic, procedure to repair the spine, surgeons go through the front of the body using small puncture holes instead of a big incision. The advantages of laparoscopic surgery include improved postoperative recovery, decreased pain, and a faster return to normal activities.

Click below to hear one patient’s story after minimally invasive spine surgery at TGH.

Percutaneous Vertebroplasty. This procedure is used to treat painful compression fractures of the spinal bones, or vertebrae. Using only a small skin opening, a physician injects a medical-grade cement into a fractured vertebra to stabilize it and prevent any further collapse. Most patients experience significant pain relief within 48 hours.

Spinal Fusion. This surgical technique is used to treat degenerative disc disease, fractured vertebrae, degenerative spinal conditions, and other conditions that cause pain from motion of the vertebrae. During a spinal fusion, surgeons place a bone graft between two vertebrae to fuse them together so they become immobile.

Click below to view a replay of a live XLIF ® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) procedure which involves a lateral, or side, approach to spine surgery, rather than from the back or front.  This approach provides direct access to the disc space, allowing for complete disc removal and implant insertion.

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. Tampa General provides a comprehensive program of medical, therapeutic and case management services to help both adults and children with spinal cord injuries return to their highest possible functioning. Our complete continuum of care begins at the most acute stages of a patient’s injury and continues through outpatient therapy.

TGH has been designated as a provider of rehabilitation for both adult and pediatric spinal cord injury patients by the Florida Department of Health, Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program. This means our facility has the highest level of expertise and experience to address the medical, rehabilitation, and physiological needs of patients of all ages who sustain traumatic spinal cord injuries.

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