Our orthopedic surgeon offers various surgical options

Disc Replacement

A single spinal disc may be the cause of your extreme discomfort. If this is the case, an artificial disc replacement procedure is your answer. An artificial disc is designed specifically to mimic the exact disc that it replaces to ensure the best and most natural feeling results.

Laminotomy and Laminectomy

Laminotomies and Laminectomies are spinal decompression procedures that help alleviate pressure on the spinal nerve and/or the spinal cord itself.
A Laminotomy is the partial removal of the Lamina, a thin bony layer that protects the spinal cord. This helps create space to relieve pressure on the spinal cord while keeping the spine safe.
A Laminectomy involves the complete removal of the Lamina for cases of severe pressure or in order to achieve access to a disc in the case of surgery.
If you are experiencing any of these ailments, you may be a good fit for one of these spinal decompression procedures:
Spine Surgery with Dr. DiPaolo

  • Sciatica
  • Spondylosis or spinal osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Herniated disc

Cervical & Lumbar Fusion

The fusion of the cervical or lumbar spine can be conducted for various reasons and through various means. The purpose of a spinal fusion is to stabilize the spine through the fusion of adjunct discs, vertebrae or materials that have been newly introduced to the spine (bone, artificial discs, metal plates or metal implants).
The most common reasons why patients elect to pursue spinal fusion procedures are to stabilize the neck and spine, help treat certain conditions and misalignments or to help reestablish the structure of the spine after certain spinal surgeries.


A discectomy is performed to remove a herniated disc in the lumbar (low back) section of the spine. The herniated disc is removed to alleviate the pressure it is placing on the spinal cord or a nerve root.
A microdiscectomy is the most common form of discectomies because it is very precise. Microdiscectomies utilize microscopes in order for the orthopedic surgeon to have a better view of the operating area. This allows the surgeon to make exact and minimally invasive incisions to lower the risk of the procedure. The practitioner may also want to perform a laminotomy or laminectomy to better view and operate on the nerve or spinal cord.

Common Questions about Spine Surgery

What are spine surgery options available at All-Pro Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Florida?

Our orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Peter DiPaolo, offers various surgical options, such as:

  • Disc replacement
  • Laminotomy and Laminectomy
  • Cervical and Lumbar Fusion
  • Discectomy

For those suffering from extreme back pain or pre-existing spinal disorders, contact our Florida office for a consultation to determine if spine surgery is right for you. With over 24 years of orthopedic experience, our orthopedic specialist has the intuition and hands to treat your symptoms and relieve your pain successfully.

Which is the best type of spine surgery?

Before designing a treatment plan, getting a good picture of your spine condition is essential. Our Florida orthopedic specialists will diagnose the specific injury and develop a treatment plan accordingly.

Despite the success of most spinal surgeries in fusing, replacing, manipulating, and adjusting the spine, not all surgeries successfully treat pain. Because of this, you must choose the right orthopedic surgeon for your life-changing procedure to help determine the type of spine surgery appropriate for your condition.

Who can benefit from the spine surgeries laminotomy and laminectomy?

You may be a good candidate for spinal decompression if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Sciatica
  • Spondylosis or spinal osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Herniated disc

What can I expect after my spinal surgery?

Keeping in mind the doctor’s recommendations after surgery is crucial for allowing the spine to heal properly. You and your surgeon can discuss the pain medication most effective after surgery to allow the spine to heal properly.

A multimodal approach may include the application of hot and cold packs, patient-controlled analgesics, relaxation techniques, and exercise protocols to strengthen your spine.

Are there risks to spine surgery?

Many of the risks associated with spinal surgery are the same as those associated with other procedures, such as bleeding, infection, and general anesthesia risks. Spinal surgery may also damage the spinal cord and nerve roots, resulting in weakness, numbness, bowel and bladder problems, and nerve damage.

Fortunately, our orthopedic specialists in Florida specializes in conditions involving the spine, making it less risky. Having over 24 years of experience in orthopedics, Dr. DiPaolo can successfully treat your symptoms and alleviate your pain.