Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, the following is a list of the Orthopedic procedures/ailments that Dr. Rodriguez is certified to manage (this is not a complete list, if you are suffering from severe pain or other symptoms please contact us for more information):
If you have any of the following: Fractures of the extremeties, joint pain/sprains/injuries, arthritis, muscle injuries, hand injuries, foot injuries, other minor injuries, etc.. I am capable of addressing any of these problems either by direct care or referral to a pier specialist if necassary.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This is a painful condition that occurs with repetitive actions commonly seen in laborers, carpenters, typists, etc. The symptoms can include pain and numbness to the hands and fingers. The initial treatment is non-surgical once the diagnosis is confirmed. Surgery is performed for those in which the symptoms fail to improve. Surgical options would be discussed and tailored to your individual needs.
Back/Sacroilliac Joint Pain
This is a symptom that 85% of the world population experiences during their lifetime. There are many conditions that can cause back pain. For this reason, I advise you to see a physician if your pain lasts for more than 5 days. In 90% of patients, back pain improves with non-surgical treatment within a few weeks. I would try medications and lifestyle modifications initially, followed by excercise in most people. If no improvement resulted, further workup and studies would be necassary to find the cause of your pain.
With this technique, some surgeries can be done under local anasthesia. Others require general anasthesia, but they are all performed in an ambulatory setting. This technique is only used in the lumbar spine, where herniated discs and spurs can be removed through one incision that is about a 1/4 inch in length. This is a type of minimally invasive surgery, so return to normal activities can occur 4-6 weeks post-operation.
This involves the removal of part of the posterior anatomy of the spine, called the lamina. Most of the time, the purpose of this procedure is to decompress (un-pinch) nerves or the spinal cord from a herniated disc, spurs, fractures or tumors of the spine.
Degenerative Disc Disease
In most people, degenerative disc disease results from the natural process of aging. This is a diagnosis usually mentioned to you after an x-ray of the spine, that shows some wear and tear of a single or multiple discs. If you have back or neck pain, and an x-ray shows the aformentioned you should make an appointment for an evaluation. If you do not have any pain, even though you were told you have degenerative disc disease by x-rays, there is no need for treatment at that time.
As an avid athlete and with my extensive education in the orthopaedic field, I can address the following sports related injuries: Most joint injuries of which the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee and ankle are involved by using arthroscopic minimally invasive techniques. In relation to the aformentioned and also including sports related back injuries, the goal of treatment is to expedite the return to your sport as soon as recovery allows.
The advantages of this surgical technique is that the incisions are very small (1/4 - 1/2 inch) and the instrumentation used is relatively small, all which results in minimal surgical trauma. This means, the patient will benefit by minimal post-surgical pain and a faster recovery. I always try to use this technique in most joint conditions, especially sports related injuries. This includes rotator cuff tears, other ligamentous injuries to the shoulder, Knee injuries to the ACL, PCL, Meniscus, etc.
Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion
This type of spinal surgery is used to decrease the post-surgical pain and expedite recovery in spinal conditions in which immobilization is the only option. All spine fusion surgeries are very painful with slow recovery. With minimally invasive techniques, the incisions are small and the implants can be placed using instruments that cause only minimal trauma to the tissues.
HydroCision Percutaneous Procedures
This procedure is only used to treat some lumbar disc-herniations. Performed through incisions no bigger than a puncture, a special needle is used to approach the disc from your flank area. It is performed under local anasthesia and is an ambulatory surgery. This system uses water under high pressure to remove the disc, which is better than laser removal, because lasers vaporize the disc through heat.
Cervical and Lumbar Discectomy
A discectomy is the removal of a disc for different reasons, usually when the disc pathology causes pinching of a nerve or the spinal cord. This surgery is done when minimally invasive or endoscopic techniques cannot be considered. If you need this surgery done, recovery will be anywhere from 6-8 weeks.
I use lasers in very few types of herniated disc removals of the lumbar spine. The reason for this is that the laser can produce heat damage to the surrounding or adjacent area. Once my evaluation and physical is complete, if you are a candidate for this type of procedure, the utmost care will be utilized during surgery to minimize complications.
Spinal Tumors and Deformity
These conditions are addressed very similarily to Scoliosis. Treatment is tailored to the patient, depending on location and severity. Surgery is always needed when neurologic injuries result from the tumor or deformity. Minimally invasive techniques are always preferred if possible.
Total Disc Replacement
Using state of the art technology, instead of the old traditional fusion surgeries which cause elimination of the movement of the spine, special techniques and proper implant selection, maintanence of the natural motion of the involved spine level can be acheived. In addition, the recovery usually takes 4-6 weeks as compared to a fusion which can take 6 months or greater.
Total Joint Replacement
The decision to replace a joint is done after trying all other non-surgical treatments available. Replacement is a last resort to a painful arthritic or deformed joint. The reason for exploring other options first is because the implant in a joint replacement does not last permanently, which will require revision surgery in those that wear down the joint to soon. The most common replacements that I perform are of the knee and hip.
Peripheral Nerve Pathologies
If you are having pain, numbness or weakness in different parts of your arms, hands, legs or feet, you need a proper evaluation and physical exam to determine the possiblity of a compressed or irritated nerve along the length of the affected extremity. Once we pinpoint where the problem is, treatment can include anywhere from rest, physical therapy, casting, injection and/or surgical intervention.
Scoliosis (Children and Adult)
This is a deformity that results in a hump and twisting of the spine seen from the front or the back of the person. In children from 3 years of age to teenagers, the treatment concentrates on stopping or slowing down the progression of the deformity first by using braces. If the deformity continues to worsen, surgery would be needed. In adults, Scoliosis results from a pre-existing deformity, injury or arthritis of the spine. Usually, if the deformity is severe or producing nerve injuries, the solution is surgical, but I would attempt non-surgical options first.
Reconstruction/Repair of prior spinal surgery
This is also known as Failed-Back syndrome. This occurs in people that had some type of spinal surgery that never improved their pain/sypmtoms and also those patients that became worse after that operation. This is a very difficult condition to treat, but is what encouraged me to become a spine specialist. I would be glad to meet with you about your complication and advise you on the best treatment options.