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Minimally-invasive spinal surgery
fusion and adult-onset scoliosis ( curvature of the spine ). These conditions have traditionally been corrected with open-back surgery .
Minimally invasive techniques commonly involve only a one-inch incision or multiple small incisions instead of a large , destructive cut . This often leads to a faster recovery time and less post-operative discomfort . Muscles surrounding the spine are gently spread apart using dilation tubes instead of cutting and tearing them as typically occurs in open surgery .
“ Through unique training and a lot of experience , I can treat both simple and complex cases in a minimally invasive fashion ,” Dr . Kravetz says .
Dr . Kravetz is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon with a specialty in Spinal Surgery and is a member of the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons , American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons , and North American Spine Society .
A native of the Detroit area , he attended the University of Michigan Medical School . While earning his medical degree , he did a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship in Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School and at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute .
He went on to complete an internship in General Surgery at Rush Medical Center in Chicago , and his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit . He completed his training with a fellowship at the Institute of Spinal Disorders at Baylor University Medical School in Houston .
Dr . Kravetz began training in minimally invasive spine procedures when the technique was in its infancy , in 2001 . After mastering the technique , he began teaching other surgeons worldwide . “ I ’ m really big on education and teaching ,” he said . His desire to inform also extends to his patients . He takes his time showing them how the spine works and how his procedures can help them . “ If they understand their spine problem and about the surgery itself , they are more likely to have a good outcome and be more comfortable ,” he says .
“ Through unique training and a lot of experience , I can treat both simple and complex cases in a minimally invasive fashion .”
Dr . Phillip Kravetz
Minimally-invasive spinal surgery
Dr . Kravetz is currently accepting new patients . His office is located at 1300 Bridge Creek Drive NE , Suite B , Cullman , AL 35055 . You can schedule an appointment by calling ( 256 ) 735-5560 or learn more by visiting CullmanRegionalMedicalGroup . com .
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