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Palm Beach, Florida, is gaining two experts in spine surgery; Drs. Todd H. Lanman and Jason M. Cuéllar are fellowship-trained spine surgeons who treat the full range of spine disorders with surgical and non-surgical interventions.

 

Drs. Lanman and Cuéllar bring decades of spine surgery experience to the Miami area, helping Palm Beach, Florida, neck and back pain patients live their best lives.

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When to See a Spine
Surgeon in Palm Beach

Unfortunately, most people only consider seeing a spine surgeon after their neck or low back pain has become unbearable. True, spine surgery is usually the last resort after conservative treatments have failed. However, spine surgeons are neck and back pain specialists. When is it time to see a spine surgeon in Palm Beach, Florida? When you have been experiencing neck or low back pain for more than two weeks and over-the-counter treatments have failed to provide relief.

Conditions We Treat

Ankylosis – Abnormal stiffness in the joints of the spine.

Cervical Radiculopathy – A compressed, irritated, or inflamed nerve in the neck (cervical spine) that may cause shoulder pain, muscle weakness, numbness, and radiating arm pain.

Compression Fractures of the Spine – Occurs when one or more spinal bones (vertebrae) fracture (break). Compression fractures of the spine are usually caused by trauma to the spine, cancer in the spine, or osteoporosis of the spine.

Degenerative Disc Disease – Common disorder in which the spinal discs break down from wear-and-tear, causing symptoms such as pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling in the arms or leg.

Herniated Disc – Also called slipped disc or ruptured disc, a herniated disc occurs when the tough fibrous part of the spinal disc (annulus fibrosis) breaks down and the contents of the disc move out of the disc space, causing pain and other symptoms.

Kyphosis – Occurs when a section of the spine is abnormally bent forward.

Lumbar Radiculopathy – A compressed, irritated, or inflamed nerve in the lower back (lumbar spine) that may cause low back pain, muscle weakness, numbness, and radiating leg pain.

Lordosis – Occurs when a section of the spine is abnormally bent backward.

Scoliosis – Occurs when the spine is abnormally curved when viewed from the back.

Spinal Deformities – Spinal deformities include scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, or a combination of them.

Spinal Instability – Occurs when two spinal bones are able to move too far, relative to each other. Spinal Instability may occur at more than one pair of vertebrae.

Spinal Stenosis – A narrowing of the spinal canal that can press on the spinal cord or spinal nerves.

Spondylolisthesis – One spinal bone in the lumbar spine moves forward relative to the one below it.

Spondylosis – A term that usually refers to spinal bone degeneration and/or spinal osteoarthritis.

Spondylolysis –A stress fracture of part of a bone between two vertebrae (pars interarticularis).

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Treatments We Offer

We offer a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical spinal treatment options to relieve you of your back and neck pain, such as:

4D Health™ A comprehensive and holistic approach to spine health that considers all aspects of the patient, including physical, nutritional, hormonal, environmental, and personal wellbeing.

Anterior Cervical Discectomy The spine surgeon removes a disc in the cervical spine, approaching from the front of the body (anterior).

Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion The spine surgeon removes a disc in the cervical spine, approaching from the front of the body (anterior) and places bone-like material in the space to fuse the spinal bones together.

Artificial Disc Replacement The spine surgeon removes a spinal disc and replaces it with an artificial disc made of metal and hard plastic.

Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement The spine surgeon removes a spinal disc from the cervical spine (neck) and replaces it with an artificial disc made of metal and hard plastic.

Cervical Hybrid The spine surgeon removes two or more spinal discs from the cervical spine (neck). The surgeon replaces at least one natural disc with an artificial disc, and at least one disc is replaced by fusing the spinal bones together with bone-like material.

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Foraminotomy – A spine surgery procedure to widen the opening through which the nerve roots pass.

Laminectomy – A spine surgery procedure to remove part of the spinal bone (vertebra).

Laminoplasty A spine surgery procedure to widen the spinal canal.

Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement The spine surgeon removes a spinal disc from the lumbar spine (lower back) and replaces it with an artificial disc made of metal and hard plastic.

Lumbar Fusion The spine surgeon removes a disc in the lumbar spine and places bone-like material in the space to fuse the spinal bones together.

Lumbar Hybrid The spine surgeon removes two or more spinal discs from the lumbar spine (lower). The surgeon replaces at least one natural disc with an artificial disc, and at least one disc is replaced by fusing the spinal bones together with bone-like material.

Microdiscectomy The spine surgeon removes a portion of the spinal disc.

Microendoscopic Discectomy – The spine surgeon removes a portion of the spinal disc using a small incision and endoscopic instruments.

Multiple Level Disc Replacement – The spine surgeon removes two or more spinal discs from the spine and replaces them with artificial discs.

Posterior Cervical Fusion with Instrumentation The spine surgeon removes a disc in the cervical spine, approaching from the back of the body (posterior) and places bone-like material in the space to fuse the spinal bones together. The bones are held together with some combination of screws, rods, and plates (instrumentation).

Spinal Fusion – The spine surgeon removes a disc in the spine and places bone-like material in the space to fuse the spinal bones together.

Benefits Of Seeing a
Spine Surgeon

Spine surgeons are not simply doctors who just perform spine surgery—they are back pain experts. In fact, spine surgeons see far more patients who do not go on to have spine surgery than those who do. By seeing a spine surgeon early in the course of your neck or back pain, you can obtain an expert assessment of spine health. A spine surgeon can then prescribe the right set of conservative and non-surgical treatments for spine pain. And, if these do not resolve your neck or low back pain, your spine surgeon can then discuss your surgical options, including artificial disc replacement or spinal fusion.

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How to Prepare For Your
Spine Appointment

Your spine surgeon will ask you several questions about your pain and other symptoms. To get the most out of your consultation, try to recall answers to the following questions:

Describe your pain. Is it sharp, dull, stabbing, shooting, or something else? Does the pain spread anywhere, like down your arm or leg?

Are you experiencing weakness, numbness, and/or tingling?

When did the pain start? What makes the pain better? Worse?

What have you tried to relieve the pain?

Have you had X-rays or MRI of the spine (if so, arrange for copies to be sent to the spine surgeon ahead of time)?

Have you or anyone in your family had spinal problems like scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, or disc herniation?

Besides pain relief, what are your goals of spine treatment? How important is spinal flexibility and mobility to you?

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Considering Artificial Disc
Replacement?

Artificial disc replacement is an excellent choice for people who want to stop their chronic neck or low back pain but who also want to maintain an active lifestyle. Not all patients will be candidates for ADR, but for those who are, it is chance to have both pain relief and spinal mobility.

Get In Touch With Our
Spine Specialists

If you are considering spine surgery in Palm Beach, Florida, you should speak with one of our world-class spine specialists, Dr. Todd H. Lanman and Dr. Jason M. Cuéllar. Drs. Lanman and Cuéllar have been pioneers in artificial disc replacement, multilevel disc surgery, and fusion revision surgery. They have successfully treated patients from all over the world in their Beverly Hills location and have recently opened a spine surgery practice in Palm Beach, Florida. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our ADR specialists.

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