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Dr. Samuel Joseph Brings New Innovative First Awake, Outpatient Spinal Fusion Surgery To Tampa Bay

This new innovative minimally-invasive surgery is called an Awake MIS TLIF (transforaminal lumber Interbody fusion). Dr. Joseph uses a combination of minimally invasive surgical techniques and advances in anesthetic procedures to offer and bring awake, outpatients spinal surgery to patients in the Tampa Bay Area.


Dr. Samuel A. Joseph, Jr. brings Awake MIS TLIF to Tampa Bay

During this procedure the patient is awake, treated with localized pain blocks, avoiding the need for general anesthesia and after-surgery narcotics.

Awake MIS TLIF is a safe and effective technique, with the following advantages:

TLIF surgery is often indicated for conditions such as a pinched nerve, sciatica, herniated discs, or bone growth. Until fairly recently, open surgery was the standard—and for a long time, only—option. Endoscopic spinal surgery, minimally invasive and increasingly common, allows the procedure to be performed with smaller incisions and lower risk of complications. Awake endoscopic surgery takes minimally invasive surgery one step further, using only minimal sedation and local anesthetic to keep the patient fully awake. 

This type of surgery is relatively uncommon and only a few spine surgeons offer this technique. Now this new technique will be available to Joseph Spine Institute patients at all of our four bay area locations.

About Dr. Samuel A. Joseph Jr.

Dr. Joseph is the founder of Joseph Spine Institute. Dr. Joseph’s practice includes the specialized, conservative, and surgical care of patients. Treatment includes therapeutic injections, disc replacement surgery, minimally invasive techniques, and complex reconstruction of adult and pediatric spinal disorders. Dr. Joseph is also among a select group of surgeons to offer cutting edge regenerative injection therapy.

Dr. Joseph has used his training and experience to become a leader nationwide on revision surgery for patients who have experienced failed surgery in the past. These patients have traveled to see Dr. Joseph not only from the Tampa Bay area, but from other areas of Florida and across the country as well.

About Joseph Spine Institute

Joseph Spine Institute (JSI) was founded in 2016 by Dr. Samuel Joseph. He has assembled a comprehensive team of highly skilled spine specialists that are devoted to offering the highest level of spine care available today. He has also strategically partnered with some of the most innovative leaders in the spine care industry today in order to bring our patients the latest in technology, products and resources. 

From state-of-the-art technology, to alternate therapies and interventional pain management treatments our industry leading spine care practice offers our patients a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of spinal conditions. Our highly-trained surgeons offer an integrated approach to patients that includes surgical and non-surgical options such as pain management and physical therapy.

Chris J. Stewart

Chris currently serves as President and CEO of Surgio Health. Chris has close to 20 years of healthcare management experience, with an infinity to improve healthcare delivery through the development and implementation of innovative solutions that result in improved efficiencies, reduction of unnecessary financial & clinical variation, and help achieve better patient outcomes. Previously, Chris was assistant vice president and business unit leader for HPG/HCA. He has presented at numerous healthcare forums on topics that include disruptive innovation, physician engagement, shifting reimbursement models, cost per clinical episode and the future of supply chain delivery.

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