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Spine Surgery Specialist

Rob Dickerman, DO, PhD, FACOS

Neurosurgeons & Spine Surgeons located in Frisco, TX

If you’re limited by chronic pain from spinal injuries, spinal stenosis, or degenerative diseases, you may be a candidate for spine surgery. At the office of Rob Dickerman, DO, PhD, FACOS, a minimally invasive spine surgery is available to help you find long-term relief of pain. Dr. Dickerman can repair herniated discs, relieve nerve compression, and treat spinal deformities. The team also personalizes rehabilitation services to help you heal faster and more efficiently from surgery. To find out if spine surgery is right for you, call the Frisco, Texas, surgery office or request an appointment online today.

Spine Surgery Q&A

What is spine surgery?

Spine surgery is generally a last-resort treatment option for chronic neck pain, back pain, or leg pain that results from spinal injuries or other conditions that affect the health of your spine.

Dr. Dickerman can often use minimally invasive techniques to repair damage, remove herniated discs, and correct spinal deformities that cause a loss of mobility and chronic pain.

Minimally invasive surgery requires much smaller incisions than traditional open surgery, so you can expect to heal faster and with less postsurgical pain and bleeding.

Why would I need spine surgery?

Dr. Dickerman and the team can determine if you’re a candidate for spinal surgery after reviewing your symptoms and performing a physical exam. They may also request X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests to evaluate the inner structures of your spine to determine what’s causing your pain.

They may consider you for surgery if you can’t find long-lasting pain relief with conservative therapies to treat conditions like:

  • Sciatica
  • Herniated disc
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative disc disease

Scoliosis and other spinal deformities may also require surgical treatment to correct the alignment of your spine, so you can enjoy a high-quality, physically active life.

What types of spine surgery are available?

To address chronic pain from spine conditions or injuries, Dr. Dickerman offers a variety of spine surgeries, including:

  • Spinal fusion
  • Interbody fusion
  • Laminoplasty
  • Corpectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Anterior cervical discectomy

You can also undergo surgery to implant intrathecal pumps, which deliver medications directly to the location of pain, and spinal cord stimulators. These procedures generally require a trial period before the permanent placement of a stimulator or pump.

Dr. Dickerman performs both the trial placement and the permanent placement of the device and provides comprehensive resources to ensure the pain pump or stimulator works well to relieve your pain.

What can I expect after spine surgery?

Following your spine surgery, you can expect to spend some time in the hospital. You will need follow-up appointments, so the team can monitor your healing process. On-site diagnostic imaging tests are available to evaluate your spine health. 

Dr. Dickerman and the team can refer you for physical therapy and other rehabilitation services after spine surgery to restore function in your spine, so you can get back to a physically active lifestyle. They can also help you manage postsurgical pain with medications and alternative therapies.

To find out if you’re a candidate for spine surgery, call the office of Rob Dickerman, DO, PhD, FACOS, to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online today.