Spine Center

Overview

Back pain can often be debilitating and is one of the most common reasons people seek medical care or miss work. Back or spine surgery is often a solution, but when previous surgeries have not provided needed relief, patients may lose complete hope of living pain free again. However, even when previous spine surgeries have not helped, there are still options available.

The UofL Physicians – Spine Center, as part of UofL Physicians – Neurosurgery, provides highly-specialized, evidenced-based, compassionate care for patients who continue to seek back pain relief after previous spinal surgeries and are in need of revision spine surgery. Specialized care is also provided through the center to adults with scoliosis and SI joint pain (sacroiliac joint dysfunction).

Treatments and services for such complex spine cases feature state-of-the-art and technologically advanced minimally invasive surgery, including Louisville’s only stereotactic radiosurgery, Cyberknife®. With minimally invasive surgery, patients experience less pain and have less blood loss. Patients also have decreased hospital and recovery times. 

The Spine Center is led by a board-certified neurosurgeon who is fellowship trained in complex spinal neurosurgery and spinal neuro oncology and is also a faculty and research member of the University of Louisville Medical School. The academic connection to University of Louisville Medical School and its leading research in neurosurgery ensures that the Spine Center will continue to provide expert care with cutting edge treatments and services.    

Understanding that surgery may not be the end of a patient’s care journey and favoring a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, the spine center develops individualized comprehensive treatment plans for patients with physiatrists and neurology and pain specialists. 

Our back pain and back surgery program uses an innovative evidenced-based approach with emphasis on diagnostic accuracy of pain generators. Thus, often success can be achieved despite previous failed back surgeries.  

While the center specializes in revision spinal surgeries, it is also advancing the art of minimally invasive surgery including neuroendoscopic microdiscectomy, the most minimally invasive microdiscectomy approach.

The center performs innovative research in spinal cord injury and maintains several databases for spine surgery outcomes research and participates in the National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N2QOD).

Diseases & Conditions

The UofL Physicians – Spine Center treats conditions such as:

  • Chronic back pain 
  • Failed back surgery
  • Lumbar disk herniation 
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SI Joint Pain) 
  • Scoliosis 
  • Spinal cord tumor 
  • Spinal cord injury 
  • Syringomyelia 
  • Spinal metastases
  • Primary spine tumors 
  • Spinal stenosis 
  • Spondylolisthesis 
  • Spinal cysts
  • Spinal kyphosis 
  • Spinal infection
  • Compression fractures 
  • Spine trauma 
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal osteomyelitis 
  • Spinal abscess 
  • Postlaminectomy syndrome
  • Kyphosis 
  • Myelopathy
  • Radiculopathy 
  • Sciatica

Treatments & Services

As part of their expert care delivered with compassion and excellence, the UofL Physicians – Spine Center provides the following treatments and services for complex spinal cases:

  • Artificial disk
  • Brainlab Airo® Mobile Intraoperative CT
  • Complex spinal surgery
  • CyberKnife® (stereotactic radiosurgery) 
  • Spinal decompression 
  • Spinal fusion 
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery 
  • Neuroendoscopic microdiscectomy
  • Spinal Endoscopy
  • Kyphoplasty 
  • Revision spinal surgery
  • Spinal cord stimulator 
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal injections 
  • Spinal rehab
  • Cervical arthroplasty
  • Laminectomy 
  • Foraminotomy 
  • Microdiscectomy 
  • Discectomy

Providers

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Maxwell Boakye, M.D., MPH, MBA, FACS, FAANS

Specialty Areas: Neurosurgery | Spine Center | Neuro-Oncology | Cancer
Areas of Interest: General Neurosurgery | Complex Spinal Surgery | Spinal Radiosurgery | Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Neurosurgery
UofL Health - Frazier Rehabilitation Institute
220 Abraham Flexner Way, 12th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202
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Camilo M. Castillo, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation | Spine Center
Areas of Interest: Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Neurosurgery
UofL Health - Frazier Rehabilitation Institute
220 Abraham Flexner Way, 12th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202
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Thomas J. Altstadt, M.D., FAANS

Specialty Areas: Neurosurgery | Spine Center | Neuro-Oncology | Cancer
Areas of Interest: Minimally Invasive & Complex Spine Surgery | Sports-related Neurosurgical Disorders | Cervical Deformity

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Neurosurgery
UofL Health - Frazier Rehabilitation Institute
220 Abraham Flexner Way, 12th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202
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Emily P. Sieg, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Neurosurgery | Neuro-Oncology | Cancer | Spine Center
Areas of Interest: Neurotrauma Care | Neurocritical Care | Minimally Invasive & Complex Spine Surgery | Advanced Neuromonitoring

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Neurosurgery
UofL Health - Frazier Rehabilitation Institute
220 Abraham Flexner Way, 12th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202

Accepted Insurance

UofL Physicians participates in most major health plans in Kentucky. Coverage may vary by specialty. Coverage limitations are dependent on the terms of your personal health plan. This is not a guarantee that all services you receive will be covered by your health plan. Review your health plan provider directory and/or consult with your plan to confirm coverage.

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