Pioneer in MIS surgery joins Hurst location
Phillip Kravetz, M.D., has joined Physician Partners of America (PPOA) Minimally Invasive Spine Group, and in doing so will bring minimally invasive laser spine procedures to the company’s Texas territory. He will begin seeing patients on June 11 in the Hurst and Frisco offices.
Dr. Kravetz is among a relatively small group of spine specialists who use minimally invasive techniques to treat complex spine cases, such as fusion and adult-onset scoliosis (curvature of the spine). These conditions have traditionally been been corrected with open-back surgery.
Performing them with minimally invasive, laser-assisted techniques improves patient outcomes. It involves only a one-inch incision, faster recovery time, and less post-operative discomfort. Muscles surrounding the spine are gently spread apart using dilation tubes instead of the cutting and tearing used in open surgery.
“Through unique training and a lot of experience, I can treat both simple and complex cases in a minimally invasive fashion,” he says.
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 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 says.
His desire to inform also extends to his patients. He takes his time showing them how the spines 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.
Dr. Kravetz comes to PPOA after nearly 20 years in private practice and actively educating other surgeons about minimally invasive spine techniques. He is now accepting appointments at 1717 Precinct Line Road, Suite 204 Hurst, TX 76054 and 5575 Warren Parkway, Suite 104, Frisco, TX, 75034.
Call (817) 576-0885. Same-day appointments are available.
PPOA launched its Minimally Invasive Spine Group in Florida in January with the hiring of James St. Louis, D.O.