Minimally invasive Spine Procedures Now Available Saturdays in Tampa

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Dr. James St. Louis, Surgical Founder of Laser Spine Institute

Neck and back pain sufferers will soon gain easier access to a top minimally invasive spine surgeon as Physician Partners of America (PPOA) adds Saturday office hours for James St. Louis, D.O. He will perform laser-assisted, minimally invasive spine 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 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 minimally invasive spine techniques are small-incision and muscle-sparing. Patients go home the same day and can get back to work in as soon as a few days, not the weeks required for traditional open-back surgery.

As the surgical founder of Laser Spine Institute, Dr. St. Louis has performed thousands of laser-assisted minimally invasive spine procedures. He brings to PPOA this vast experience and is pleased to continue helping patients who suffer from debilitating neck and back pain.

He is able to 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.


Marie Hickman

Marie Hickman is the Social Media and Content Specialist for Physician Partners of America. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., Physician Partners of America (PPOA) is a fast-growing national healthcare company committed to combatting the opioid crisis through interventional pain management. Founded in 2013 with three employees, it has rapidly grown to more than 500, and manages a wide range of medical practices.

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