Why an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon?
When you have back pain you want it to stop; and you want it to stop now. Whether its sudden pain from a disc herniation or chronic pain despite prior surgery you deserve a specialist who can identify and treat your spine condition in a timely, effective, and professional manner. Dr. Hepler, an orthopedic spine surgeon in Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale provides leading expertise in the operative (back surgery) and non operative treatment of the spine with individualized care.
Dr. Hepler is a Board Certified (ABOS) and fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon in Palm Beach County and Broward County with more than 17 years of experience. He completed a comprehensive adult and pediatric spine fellowship with a focus on complex deformity and treats the full spectrum of spine conditions (back pain, disc herniation, spinal stenosis, sciatica, scoliosis, kyphosis, spine fracture, failed back surgery). A leading expert in the field, he employs the most advanced non-operative and operative techniques including pain management, physical therapy, spine rehabilitation, epidural injections (ESI), and outpatient procedures with Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) as well as complex spinal reconstruction. Read more about back surgery in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale.
Dr. Hepler is dedicated to providing the best care available so that each patient can return to a full and active lifestyle. He has an ongoing commitment to evaluating and optimizing patient outcomes throughout his academic and private practice career and presented these outcomes at multiple national and international spine meetings (NASS, SRS, IMAST) and in various publications. He remains actively engaged in academic spine research, is a participating member of numerous international spine organizations serving as committee member and chair (AAOS, NASS, SRS), and associate editor and reviewer for leading academic spine publications (Spine Deformity and Spine).
What makes an excellent orthopedic spine surgeon?
When considering the services of an orthopedic spine surgeon in Palm Beach County, keep in mind that his assistance does not only include diagnosis and surgical treatment, as the name of the profession may suggest. Dr. Hepler approaches his job with an underlying philosophy of helping people to return to an active lifestyle; therefore, he believes his responsibilities go beyond long hours in an operating room.
1. Dr. Hepler’s role is to educate you first and assist you in the decision-making process. He will provide you with information about your full range of treatment options, as well as describe what is technically possible, the difficulty and risks of the procedure, and the potential benefits. You are the only one who knows how bad your pain is, and the decision to proceed with surgery is yours alone.
2. Academic work. Research and publications are a vital part of the orthopedic spine surgery profession. Due to rapid changes in medicine and advances in this field, particularly, surgeons need to keep their finger on the pulse, enrich their knowledge and develop or adopt innovative approaches in their practice. This enables them to offer their patients the most evidence-based treatment recommendations.
3. Continuous care. After spine surgery, you’ll need rehabilitation to regain functioning of the affected area to the fullest extent possible. The team of orthopedic spine surgeons in our clinic in Palm Beach County will work with you to create a customized rehabilitation plan that moves at your pace. During rehab, you’ll work with physical therapists who specialize in spine rehabilitation. These expert physical therapists have extra training in working with people after back surgery, helping them feel better and move more easily. Our physical therapists will be regularly monitoring your progress and changing the treatment plan when necessary so you can achieve your recovery goals.
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