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Spinal Stenosis

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Spinal stenosis can be very painful and limiting, but you don’t have to suffer through it. And thanks to new surgical innovations, the days of pain, immobility and long recovery times are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Consult with one of the UHealth spine injury experts to see if you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery. 

The UHealth Spine Program provides the most advanced diagnostics and treatments available to patients with spinal disorders and injuries. Our revolutionary concept in spine care brings together a comprehensive team of highly trained medical and surgical specialists who offer patients innovative surgical strategies aimed at lessening both the impact on your body and your recovery time.

Why Choose UHealth?

Expert surgeons. As a patient at UHealth’s Spine Program, you benefit from having access to surgeons who specialize in back procedures and minimally invasive surgeries. In fact, we perform more than 1,000 spine surgeries each year. 

Minimally invasive surgery. For many patients suffering from spinal stenosis, minimally invasive surgery offers an alternative to traditional spine surgery. Faster recovery rates, less pain, and smaller scars make this option much more attractive. 

Concierge service.  Patients do not have to figure it all out alone at UHealth. When you become a patient in the Neurosurgery Department, you are assigned a concierge coordinator who is there for you and your family while you are in our care. They connect you with other providers you may need, walk you through the surgery process and can answer any questions you or your family may have.

Medical and technological advancements. We are on the cutting edge of neurosurgery with technology like robotics and 3D inter-operative imaging. Count on getting the very best in neurological surgery and care.

Anesthesiology specific to spine surgery. In the area of spine surgery, our anesthesiologists work with surgeons to develop techniques that allow them to monitor all peripheral nerves during spine surgery. Because of these techniques, our patients wake up better with fewer complications. Anesthesia matters, and at University of Miami Hospital, we are at the cutting edge of new techniques. Our anesthesiologists are renowned in their field and teach and train the anesthesiologists in the community.

Multidisciplinary Team of Experts. Our spine care providers offer support and insight backed by the basic and clinical science research programs at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis , the largest spinal cord injury research center in the United States. 

This team includes:

  • Neurosurgical specialist
  • Orthopedic spine surgeons
  • Neurologists
  • Physiatrists
  • Neuroradiologists
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Therapists

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Treatments

  • Physical Therapy

    If your spinal stenosis is not severe, there are alternatives to surgery that should be tried first. Many patients get pain relief and increased mobility through physical therapy, which utilizes special exercises and stretches specifically for stenosis.

  • Steroid Injections

    These strong anti-inflammatory shots can decrease the inflammation that may be exacerbating your spinal stenosis. They are a great first line of treatment.

  • Medication

    Our physicians may recommend taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like naproxen or ibuprofen. 

  • Surgery

    In cases when this condition is interfering with your ability to perform daily tasks or where non-surgical treatments have not worked, spinal surgery may be suggested by your doctor. UHealth spine surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible. After making a diagnosis based on a physical examination and diagnostic imaging, one of our spine experts will go over your individualized treatment plan.

Tests


When you first meet with one of our spinal specialists, they will perform a physical exam and ask you about your medical history. Diagnostic tests will also likely be ordered, depending on your specific case. 

  • Discography

    During this, test you will receive an injection of saline into your disc(s) under CT guidance. This is done to provoke any pain and/or abnormal response. This can show abnormal nerve pathways generating pain inside the injured/degenerated disc.  

  • Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Velocity

    Electroneurophysiological testing is done with current and electrodes to determine nerve function/dysfunction. This can demonstrate nerve damage.

  • X-Ray 

    This diagnostic test uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce film images of internal tissues, bones and organs. 

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    A diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.

  • Myelogram

    This procedure uses dye injected into the spinal canal to make the structure clearly visible on x-rays.

  • Computed Tomography Scan (CT Scan)

    This diagnostic imaging procedure uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices), both horizontally and vertically, of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat and organs. CT scans are more detailed than general x-rays.


Please Note: If you choose a UHealth facility for your tests, our office will schedule the tests for you. If you prefer another testing facility, however, it is your responsibility to contact that facility and schedule the tests.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • DIKLA
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • EHN PPO
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • FCCI WC
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care