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Any Good Florida Surgeons?

metsfourmmetsfour Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have a herniated disc L5 and i live in South Florida.

Any notable surgeons in the state?



  • I suspect folks cannot post specific surgeon names.
    However, they may be able to give you advice on how to find a good starting point.

    The key is to talk to the surgeon.
    Find a fellow ship trained orthopedic spine surgeon or Neurosurgeon. Ask people. Remember, cervical issues are different than lumbar. I got references of happy patients that had cervical procedures done but when I met the surgeon, I wasn't comfortable enough on the proposal to treat my lumbar issues.

    I asked a lot.
    I also asked my company's "health coach" team through insurance. In addition, by talking to people at work, I found out we had additional benefits that I wouldn't have known about. I was able to leverage the eCleveland clinic to get some questions answered and they were able to give me references in my area (if I asked).

    Anyhow, I'm not familiar with southern florida.

    Hopefully someone will send you a private message with some good leads.

    Also - are you seeing help now? you may not need surgery with a L5 herniation. It depends on the symptoms. I think it's worth getting a few opinions.

    Let us know if you have any questions about what to ask the doctor or if you don't understand something about what they are suggesting.

    We arent' doctors but we can often at least share our experiences.
  • I will send you a PM as we can not name doctors in the forums. I will give you two, mine and another that I may go to as he does the more complex (revision) surgeries. I hope they help.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • i live in the Boca Raton area but i am not opposed to traveling around South Florida if the Dr. is that good.

    There is a Dr. Eidelson i think thats his name and he seems to be on the ball.

    Any comments?
  • Boca's not that far up in retrospect. You'll find the mods will take the doctor's name out of your post, hence why I PM'd you. :)

    Since it's there, I've not heard of him, so I can't speak to whether he's good or bad. To be truthful, I've really not heard of any bad Neurosurgeon's down here. There are a couple at a University down here I wouldn't go to. Not due to a lack of skills on the surgical aspect, but bedside manner and briefing of a patient as a patient vs trying to 'techno talk' them into intimidation.

    Key is YOU have to feel trust and be comfortable which whomever you choose in the end. It's a big partnership, and your the one that loses if bad. You'll know when you've found the right surgeon.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I think it would be advisable for you to check out the names Brenda private messaged you. You are not all that far from her and she has done a lot of leg work in selected great doctors for herself and unfortunately, she has had spinal issues for many years, so I would totally trust her referrals . As she said, its key that you make the connection with whomever you go with. But I would definitely check out the ones she suggested.

  • Thanks madam! :)

    I'm BCBS Federal, and our preferred network is pretty good, but the amount of Neurosurgeons down here is around 30, but some of them are brain only, others external to the spine (arms, legs), necks only, backs only, full spine. I never realized the some Neurosurgeons had nothing to do with the brain or spine! Weird. Makes sense I guess as my Neurologist reminded me that the nervous system is complex and vast! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Indeed, specialists & sub specialists.
    Which I guess is good in a way that a surgeon can focus primarily on one specific area and hopefully be a true specialist.

    It does make it harder though for us when dealing with hmo's & in network providers, sometimes limits options.

  • I just didn't see Neurologists and some Neurosurgeons in that manner. I should have though because Orthopedics and their surgeons too specialize. I only know like two Orthopedic Surgeon's that do spines, and I didn't much care for them. They seemed burned out, and one of them was "my way or the highway"...I don't care for inflexible.

    I was with an HMO for years in the first part of my career, wasn't thrilled as back then they were very limiting on who you could see. PPO tons of choices and flexibility.

    Metsfour, both of the surgeons I gave you...they are in most PPO and HMO networks as far as I know. Sorry for the small hijack on your thread, but figured some of it might be of help to you.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I recently consulted with an Orthopedic spine specialist. Basically he is a board certified ortho surgeon with a spine fellowship. He only does spines. He blew me away! Prior to seeing him I've only seen neurosurgeons.

    Just something to consider.

    Do you have a PCP? May be worth it to ask him/her for referral, many insurance carriers actually require it for specialist visits.

    Good luck!

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