Dr. Ron Chatterjee Provides Interventional Pain Management to Spine Patients At Joseph Spine Advanced Center for Spine Care

Joseph Spine is pleased to announce Dr. Ron Chatterjee has joined our practice in all locations, including our new location in Brandon Florida that will focus on Interventional Pain Management.

“It is Joseph Spine’s goal to use a multifaceted approach to treating our patients that come to us in pain, said Dr. Samuel Joseph, founder of Joseph Spine. “Having Dr. Chatterjee on our team allows us to remain a leading provider of minimally invasive treatments for pain, and delivering on our promise to provide patient-focused, customized spine care and pain relief to our patients.”

Dr. Chatterjee specializes in diagnosing and treating acute and chronic pain syndromes through a variety of techniques. His goal is to quickly relieve pain and restore function to his patients. From the training he received, his focus is on pain originating from the spine and affecting any part of the body, although he has a strong ability to assess all types of pain and distinguishing its source.

Dr. Chatterjee also has expertise in the management of sports-related injuries and has been the team physicians for high school football and independent professional baseball teams, along with working with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His education in physical medicine and rehabilitation has allowed him to help patients successfully improve their quality of life and be as independent as possible through multiple modalities.

Dr. Chatterjee is a physician that will always spend extra time with patients making sure their problems are addressed and ensuring they receive the best care available. He is up-to-date with all current treatments including regenerative and stem cell treatments. Dr. Chatterjee is not only interested in improving your current pain and disability, but also your long-term health through a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and holistic approach.

Dr. Ron Chatterjee was accepted into the highly sought-after and competitive BS/MD program right after high school. He received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree at Kent State University. Dr. Chatterjee studied abroad at Leicester University in Leicester, England after leaving Kent State and before his medical doctorate program began. He then proceeded to Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (now called Northeast Ohio Medical University) where he completed his medical degree.Dr. Chatterjee went on to a transitional year internship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio.

Dr. Chatterjee completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Chatterjee was fellowship trained in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine at Ahwatukee Sports and Spine in Phoenix, Arizona.

About Joseph Spine

Joseph Spine is the advanced center for spine, scoliosis and minimally invasive spine surgery. Founded by Dr. Samuel A. Joseph, Jr., a fellowship trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon. His practice includes the specialized, conservative, and surgical care of patients. Treatment includes therapeutic injections, physical therapy, pain management, stem cell therapy,  disc replacement surgery, minimally invasive techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery, and complex reconstruction of adult and pediatric spinal disorders. Dr. Joseph is among a select group of surgeons to offer cutting-edge regenerative injection (stem cell) therapy and robotic-assisted surgery for patients to provide the most advanced minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS) available globally.

Joseph Spine has four locations in Tampa Bay, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Safety Harbor, and Brandon, FL.

Joseph Spine is dedicated to offering humanitarian spine services internationally in the form of education, awareness, and surgery. Please visit JosephSpine.com for more information.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Symptoms and Treatments

Types of Structural Scoliosis

There are several types of structural scoliosis. In this video, Dr. Joseph will discuss the most common type of scoliosis, review symptoms and outline treatment options available for patients.

Idiopathic Scoliosis

Idiopathic scoliosis accounts for about 8 in 10 cases of scoliosis. This type of scoliosis typically presents during adolescence, but it can also start earlier in childhood or infancy. What causes idiopathic scoliosis is currently unknown. Researchers discovered a gene that is believed to be associated with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis only a few years ago.

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is an abnormal C-shaped or S-shaped curvature of the spine. The curvature of the spine is measured by the Cobb angle. A Cobb angle greater than 15° is considered scoliosis.

Symptoms of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

Symptoms include back pain, unequal leg lengths, uneven hips, uneven shoulders (one shoulder appears higher than the other), abnormal gait, as well as breathing difficulties when the rib cage puts pressure on the lungs. When left untreated, the deformity might progress significantly. For milder cases, your doctor may recommend nonsurgical treatment such as bracing. Braces are usually worn for several hours daily. This can be effective if the child is still growing and has a Cobb angle between 25° and 45°.
In progressive cases, or when the Cobb angle is greater than 45°, your doctor may recommend surgery to straighten and fixate the spine, by placing implants such as screws, rods, hooks, and wires in and along the spine.

Surgery treats but does not cure scoliosis. It corrects the abnormal curvature and prevents further progression of the disease.

Surgical treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

Surgical treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis requires planning and precision. Each scoliotic curvature has unique challenges, and often the patient’s vertebrae are deformed, twisted and abnormally small, which makes for a challenging surgery. Mazor’s core technology allows surgeons to plan ahead before entering the operating room; Mazor Robotics advanced 3D planning software is used before surgery to create the procedure for each patient’s condition. During the operation, the physician does the actual work; Mazor X guides the surgeon’s tools according to the predetermined blueprint to place the implants.

About Joseph Spine

Joseph Spine is an advanced center for spine, scoliosis and minimally invasive spine surgery. Founded by Dr. Samuel A. Joseph, a fellowship trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon. His practice includes the specialized, conservative, and surgical care of patients. Treatment includes therapeutic injections, disc replacement surgery, minimally invasive techniques, and complex reconstruction of adult and pediatric spinal disorders. Dr. Joseph is also among a select group of surgeons to offer cutting-edge regenerative injection (stem cell) therapy.

June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month Promoting Early Detection

Joseph Spine supports the Scoliosis Research Society as the promote the growing need for education, early detection and awareness to the public about scoliosis and its prevalence within the community.

Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to abnormally curve sideways, into an “S” or “C” shape. Although many people have not heard of the condition it is surprisingly common, impacting infants, adolescents, and adults of all races, classes and both genders. Approximately one out of every six children diagnosed with scoliosis will have a curve that requires active treatment, sometimes involving surgery. Early diagnosis is the key to taking important first steps to providing treatment that may prevent more serious problems.

National Scoliosis Awareness Month Campaign Objectives:

  • Using the results from the BrAIST Study, highlight the importance of early detection and the effectiveness of bracing as early, non-operative care. Read more on the BrAIST study results.
  • To have every state, district, and commonwealth to officially declare by proclamation their observance of National Scoliosis Awareness Month during the month of June.
  • Increase public awareness of scoliosis and related spinal deformities through educational and advocacy campaigns of local activities, and community events during the month of June and throughout the year
  • Unite scoliosis patients, families, physicians, and clinicians in a collaborative partnership that educate, and advocate, for patient care, patient screening, patient privacy, and patient protection
  • Build networks of community collaborations and alliances to help sustain and grow the campaign

Joseph Spine will be highlighting resources, studies, treatments, and organizations in order to help patients with scoliosis be informed about early detection, treatments and connect scoliosis patients with others that can support them during treatment.

About Joseph Spine

Joseph Spine is an advanced center for spine, scoliosis and minimally invasive surgery. Founded by Dr. Samuel A. Joseph, a fellowship trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon. His practice includes the specialized, conservative, and surgical care of patients. Treatment includes therapeutic injections, disc replacement surgery, minimally invasive techniques, and complex reconstruction of adult and pediatric spinal disorders. Dr. Joseph is also among a select group of surgeons to offer cutting-edge regenerative injection therapy.

Robotic Assisted Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

In this blog post Dr. Joseph will review how minimally invasive spine surgery using Mazor X robotic technology can help people who are diagnosed with serious spine problems or complications that have not responded to medication, physical therapy or spinal injections.

Bringing State of the Art Spine Technology to Tampa Bay

Joseph Spine brings this state-of-the-art technology to our patients and offers a transformative leap forward in spinal surgery. Mazor X maximizes surgical predictability and allows surgeons to achieve greater precision for optimal patient benefit.

As with other robotic surgical devices, Mazor X does not perform actual surgeries. Instead it provides surgeons with information and anatomical images of the patient’s spine. In the operating room using Mazor X robotic-assisted technology, the blueprint guides surgeons through the operation with more accuracy and efficiency.
Mazor X incudes three integrated processes – Planning, Guidance, Verification – to assure greater predictability and precision during your procedure.

Mazor X Surgical Assurance Platform

The Core of the Surgical Assurance Platform is an innovative set of planning and guidance tools indicated for implant and instrument positioning in spine surgery.

Stage 1 – Planning Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery

The Mazor X system’s 3D planning software is used to create a comprehensive surgical plan as part of a total patient treatment strategy.

A pre-op CT scan of the patient is uploaded to the Mazor X software for planning and then two fluoro shots are taken intra-operatively to register.
A Mazor X Scan & Plan procedure utilizes an intra-op 3D imaging system, such as Medtronic’s O-arm, eliminating the need for a intra-op CT.

Stage 2 – Operate with Mazor X

The Mazor X Surgical System is attached to both the OR bed and the patient. With the surgeon in full control, the Surgical Arm guides the tools according to the surgical plan.
The Surgical Arm’s reach and range of motion allows for posterior instrumentation from a variety of different trajectories. Minimally-invasive spine surgery using Mazor X robotic technology can help people who are diagnosed with serious spine problems or complications that have not responded to medication, physical therapy or spinal injections.

Conditions include:

  • Vertebral fractures
  • Traumatic spine injury
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal weakness or instability
  • “Slipped disc” (Spondylolisthesis)
  • Narrowing of spinal canal (Stenosis)
  • Adult degenerative spinal deformity (Scoliosis, kyphosis)
  • Revision Surgeries

Patients with these conditions often suffer with debilitating symptoms like:

  • Low back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Sciatica
  • Uneven legs, hips or shoulders
  • Abnormal gait
  • Breathing difficulties when the rib cage puts pressure on the lungs
  • The benefits of robotic spine surgery

Compared to traditional spine surgery, Mazor X robotic technology can:

  •  Increase surgical accuracy and help preserve surrounding healthy tissue
  • Allow surgeons to more accurately place hardware during the procedure, thus lowering the risk of complications
  • Reduce the risk of exposure to radiation from imaging scans
  • Improve recovery time due to less time in the operating room and while under anesthesia
  • Reduce pain after the surgery for a quicker return to daily activities

To learn more about Mazor X or to schedule an appointment, contact our office or request an appointment online at JosephSpine.com.

Joseph Spine Proudly Sponsors 2018 Walk for Wishes – Tampa Bay

Join, us, Team Joseph Spine, as we walk and fundraise for this year’s Walk For Wishes at Water Works Park in Tampa on Saturday, April 28, 2018.  Together, we can raise money for Make-A-Wish to help grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

Walk For Wishes is a nationwide Make-A-Wish® fundraiser that celebrates the more than 285,000 wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. It’s a family-friendly event powered by wish families, volunteers, donors and friends.

You can participate by registering to walk or or you can donate to a walker or a team. Below is some general information about the walk. You can also visit Make-A-Wish’s sub site Walk for Wishes for more information.

Event Date: Apr 28, 2018- 8:30am 

Event Location: Water Works Park 

Event Address:  1710 N. Highland Ave. Tampa, FL 33602

Registration Fees:  Adults: $20, Children 8 and under: Free

T-Shirt information: All registered participants receive an official Walk For Wishes t-shirt. Deadline to register to receive a t-shirt is April 15, 2018.          

Event Schedule: Registration 8:30am | Event 9:30am 

Event Start Time:  8:30am

Event End Time:  11:00am

Length of Walk:  3 miles

Parking Info:  TBA

Are Pets Allowed? Yes        

Route Map: TBA

Last year, Make-A-Wish granted more than 15,000 wishes nationwide – that’s one every 34 minutes. Make-A-Wish is dedicated to making every eligible child’s wish come true and they need all of the community support we can offer– fundraise with us today and you can be a big part of making that happen.

Dr. Andrew Moulton Joins Joseph Spine Advanced Center for Spine Care

Joseph Spine is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Moulton has joined our practice and will be seeing patients primarily at Joseph Spine’s Advanced Center for Spine, Scoliosis, and Minimally Invasive Spine Centers in Safety Harbor and St. Petersburg locations.

“As our business grows, and to better serve the Tampa Bay area, we felt the need to add another advanced spine care surgeon to our practice to ensure the best spine care and convenience to our patients,” said Dr. Samuel Joseph, founder of Joseph Spine. “Dr. Moulton provides a great blend of expertise and knowledge in advanced spine care, along with a strong passion to provide community outreach to spine patients in need, locally, nationally and internationally, which is a high priority for Joseph Spine.”

Dr. Moulton received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and completed his medical degree at SUNY Downstate School of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York. He did his Residency at SUNY Downstate Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He did his Spine Surgery Fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Disease.

Dr. Moulton has been involved in a number of humanitarian efforts. He is president and co-founder of the Butterfly Foundation, a nonprofit organization that brings spine surgery teams from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic to teach local surgeons the latest techniques in spine surgery.

Dr. Moulton has published numerous papers in professional journals and was involved in two biomechanical studies involving the spine. He is also fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.

About the Butterfly Foundation

The Butterfly Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on teaching spinal deformity surgery in developing countries. The primary site has been the Dominican Republic, with similar projects annually in Chile, Jamaica, Malawi, and Vietnam. The first trip to the Dominican Republic was in March 2003. The pattern for following trips includes and established deformity surgeon working alongside a local surgeon as well as didactic lectures and saw-bone workshops. Teams consist of academic spinal deformity surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, OR techs, perfusionists, and neurophysiologists. Local “fellows” have been selected at each site for focused training.

About Joseph Spine

Joseph Spine is the advanced center for spine, scoliosis and minimally invasive spine surgery. Founded by Dr. Samuel A. Joseph, Jr., a fellowship trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon. His practice includes the specialized, conservative, and surgical care of patients. Treatment includes therapeutic injections, physical therapy, pain management, stem cell therapy,  disc replacement surgery, minimally invasive techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery, and complex reconstruction of adult and pediatric spinal disorders. Dr. Joseph is among a select group of surgeons to offer cutting-edge regenerative injection (stem cell) therapy and robotic-assisted surgery for patients to provide the most advanced minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS) available globally.

Joseph Spine is dedicated to offering humanitarian spine services internationally in the form of education, awareness, and surgery. Please visit JosephSpine.com for more information.

Joseph Spine Founding Year Anniversary

3 Jan 2018 Spine News

We are celebrating our one year anniversary at Joseph Spine, PA of Tampa. Looking back over the year we reflect on spine technology and advanced spine medicine to our patients. We also want to thank our patients, colleagues, and community for a year of great support.

Some of the things we celebrated were the first stem cell procedures for the spine, acquiring the Mazor X, robotic spine surgery and Dr. Samuel Joseph being selected as the spine surgeon for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We look forward to continuing advanced spine care, as well as participate in the Make A Wish and the Butterfly Foundations.

Dr. Samuel A. Joseph Jr. Selected “Tampa Bay’s Top Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon”

Dr. Samuel Joseph, Jr., of Tampa, FL has been honored with the recognition of Tampa Magazine’s Top Doctors, in the category of Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine.

The doctors selected for Tampa Bay’s Top Doctors have been rated by their peers as doctors with the highest level of ethical standards and professional excellence.

“I am and always have been proud to be a spine surgeon which allows me to help people that have been in a lot of pain,” said Dr. Joseph. “To be able to help my patients that have suffered gives me a great deal of satisfaction. It is a great honor that this recognition of my work comes from the ratings of my peers.”

Dr. Joseph is a board certified, fellowship-trained, orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in advanced spine care. He is the founder of Joseph Spine Advanced Center for Spine, Scoliosis, and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.

Dr. Samuel Joseph offers the latest technological treatment advances for spine care making Joseph Spine, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary spine care institute designed to create better outcomes for spine and back patients regionally, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Joseph and his family are active members of the Tampa Bay community. They have taken a special interest in the Make a Wish Foundation and its goal of granting wishes and making life better for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. He also lends his time to the Butterfly Foundation, which brings deformity focused spine surgeons and comprehensive teams to developing countries to teach local spine surgeons through didactics, workshops, and surgery on local patients.

State-of-the-Art Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery Now Offered by Dr. Samuel Joseph of Joseph Spine Center in Tampa Florida

Tampa, FL November 9, 2017 – Dr. Samuel Joseph, founder of Joseph Spine, will be one of a select group of spine surgeons globally that now offers minimally invasive spine surgery through the Mazor X Robotics Guidance System.

This next generation, revolutionary technology enables Dr. Joseph to perform safer and more accurate spine surgeries. For our patients, this means better clinical outcomes with less pain and fewer complications, enabling a faster recovery and return to daily activities.

Planning and Implantation of Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery

Surgical treatment of the spine requires planning and precision, and each patient’s anatomy has unique challenges. Surgery with Mazor X Robotics’ guidance system enables Dr. Joseph to plan ahead before entering the operating room. During surgery, it guides him according to the preoperative plan that was created.

Dr. Joseph will use this advanced 3D planning software before surgery to create a unique surgical blueprint, which is the ideal surgery for each patient’s condition. During surgery, Dr. Joseph does the actual work; the Mazor X Robotics systems guides his tools according to the surgical blueprint to place the implants safely, and with the highest level of accuracy in the exact preplanned locations. And since there is no need for additional X-rays during surgery, there is less exposure to radiation than with other surgical treatments.

Benefits to Dr. Joseph’s Spine Patients

Mazor X Robotics Guidance System is transforming spine surgery by advancing surgical techniques from freehand methods to state-of-the-art, minimally invasive guided procedures. Minimally-invasive surgery with Mazor X Robotics technology offers the following benefits to patients:

  1. Increases accuracy
  2. Lowers complication rates
  3. Reduces postoperative pain
  4. Enables faster recovery and return to daily activities

How safe is this technology?

The Mazor X Robotics Guidance System is powered by Mazor X Robotics clinically proven technology — used in thousands of surgeries worldwide, including placement of tens of thousands of implants. Like all Mazor X Robotics systems, it strictly adheres to international standards and has received FDA clearance in the USA and the European CE Mark.

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