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Dr. Mark Valente Answers Your Questions about Back Surgery

Dr. Valente was recently featured in Living Magazine answering some of the most common questions he gets from patients. Read on to get answers from one of the top spine surgeons in Texas! 

Dr. Valente Answers Your Questions

1. What does the road to recovery mean?

‚ÄúThe road to recovery¬†is going to be different for¬†every patient,‚ÄĚ said Dr.¬†Valente. ‚ÄúOur goal is always¬†to help patients feel better,¬†and surgery is always the¬†last option.‚ÄĚ An individualized¬†road to recovery¬†for each patient might¬†include pain management,¬†chiropractic care, physical¬†therapy, massage, injections¬†and even acupuncture. If¬†surgery becomes necessary,¬†Dr. Valente has many minimally¬†invasive options to¬†pursue as well as traditional¬†spine surgery.

2. Does a previous spine surgery disqualify me from having another spine surgery?

‚ÄúAbsolutely not,‚ÄĚ said¬†Dr. Valente. In addition to¬†minimally invasive procedures¬†for herniated disc,¬†stenosis, spondylolisthesis,¬†trauma, compression fractures¬†and degenerative disc disease, Dr. Valente does¬†a great deal of revision¬†surgery for patients who¬†have had spine surgery, but¬†it failed to help them feel¬†better. ‚ÄúOnly five percent¬†of spine surgeons are¬†trained to do some of the¬†procedures that I am able¬†to offer my patients.‚ÄĚ

3. How much does back surgery cost?

‚ÄúEvery surgical procedure¬†I offer, including minimally¬†invasive surgery, is covered¬†by most major insurance companies,‚Ä̬†said Dr. Valente. ‚ÄúWe¬†have an on-site insurance¬†and billing specialist to help¬†patients navigate that entire¬†process easily.‚ÄĚ

4. What is the recovery time from back surgery?

‚ÄúEvery patient is different¬†but many of our¬†surgeries are done in an¬†out-patient setting, and patients¬†are able to go home¬†that same day and return to¬†work within a week,‚ÄĚ said¬†Dr. Valente. With the small¬†incisions of a minimally invasive¬†procedure, muscle fibers,¬†ligaments and tendons¬†are meticulously preserved.¬†There is less operative time,¬†less anesthesia and less¬†blood‚ÄĒeach leading to a¬†shorter recovery.

Meet Dr. Valente

To become an expert in the most advanced techniques and procedures in the field of spine surgery, Dr. Valente trained extensively at leading edge institutions throughout the country including University of California in San Diego, Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Dr. Valente is often¬†recognized by patients,¬†colleagues and peers for¬†his communication skills.¬†He attributes his warm,¬†relatable bedside manner¬†to the belief that all patients¬†deserve the utmost attention¬†and respect. ‚ÄúMany¬†spine problems are mechanical¬†and can be explained in¬†a very understandable way,‚Ä̬†he said. ‚ÄúI always take the¬†time to relate to my patients¬†and explain things in a way¬†that is easy to understand.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúOur team is ready to¬†help you,‚ÄĚ said Dr. Valente.¬†‚ÄúIf you‚Äôre suffering from¬†back pain, don‚Äôt wait any¬†longer to get help.‚ÄĚ Dr.¬†Valente and his caring staff¬†are experts in minimally invasive¬†surgical techniques,¬†and they‚Äôre ready to help¬†you now.

Find out more for yourself.  Meet Dr. Valente in person by scheduling an appointment right now.

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