Neck and back pain sufferers will soon gain more convenient access to laser spine surgery as Physician Partners of America (PPOA) adds Saturday office hours for James St. Louis, D.O. He will perform these procedures on Saturdays beginning March 3 in PPOA’s Tampa outpatient facility.
“Adding Saturday hours will allow more people the opportunity to find relief with a world-renowned leader in minimally invasive laser spine surgery,” said Tracie Lawson, PPOA president and COO. “It will provide convenience for patients whose schedules might not allow weekday appointments.”
Dr. St. Louis’s laser spine surgery involves small-incision and muscle-sparing techniques. Patients go home the same day. Most can get back to work in a few days or weeks, not the months required for traditional open-back surgery.
As the surgical founder of Laser Spine Institute, Dr. St. Louis has performed thousands of laser spine surgeries. He brings to PPOA this vast experience and is pleased to continue helping patients who suffer from debilitating neck and back pain.
Laser spine surgery can successfully treat many pain conditions including degenerative disc disease, spinal and foraminal stenosis, sciatica, bulging and herniated discs, failed back syndrome and spondylolisthesis.
Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery by the American Board of Physician Specialists, he is a member of many medical organizations including the American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, American Medical Association and American Association of Physician Specialists.
Dr. St. Louis earned his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences Osteopathic Medical School in Kansas City, Mo. While serving in the United States Army, he completed a rotating internship at Eisenhower Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Ga., and completed orthopedic residencies at Fort Louis, Wash., and at Kennedy Medical Center in Cherry Hill, N.J. He earned a Meritorious Service Award and Commendation Medal from the Army in 1994. He was appointed by former Florida Governor Charlie Crist to the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, serving from 2008-2012.
Dr. St. Louis’s office is located at 4728 N. Habana Ave., Suite 202, Tampa, FL 33614. PPOA’s Habana Ambulatory Surgery Center is next door at 4726 N. Habana Ave. To schedule an appointment with Dr. St. Louis, patients may call (844) 510-PAIN.