Friday, March 16, 2012 - Broward Health Coral Springs Introduces Spine Program

Coral Springs, FL - More than 30 million Americans suffer from significant back pain where even everyday activities such as walking can cause pain. The good news is residents of northwest Broward County have a facility where they can go for relief of spinal disorders or back and neck pain. Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center (BHCSMC) is proud to introduce its new spine program to the community.

Using innovative techniques, cutting-edge technology and evidence-based medicine, minimally- invasive spinal surgery utilizes the knowledge of important anatomy to treat spinal conditions without causing injury to surrounding soft tissues. Highly specialized tools and instrumentation provide for safe and effective treatment of pain.

Advantages of minimally-invasive spinal surgery include: less post-operative pain, quicker recovery, reduced blood loss, less scarring and improved function. Additionally, many spinal operations can be completed on an outpatient basis by using only one small incision. 

With the development of BHCSMC’s spine care program also brings the addition of three new physicians - Ian Johnson, MD, neurosurgery/spinal surgery; Lloyd Maliner, MD, neurosurgery/spinal surgery; and Steven Svabek, DO, spinal surgery/orthopedic surgery - all specializing in caring for the back and spine.

About the Physicians
Ian Johnson, MD
Dr. Ian Johnson is a board certified neurosurgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spinal surgery, meaning less pain and quicker recovery time for patients. He completed his neurosurgical training at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Johnson completed two separate Fellowships in spine, both complex (traditional) and minimally invasive at the Boston Spine Group and The Los Angeles Spine Clinic, respectively.

Lloyd Maliner, MD
Dr. Lloyd Maliner is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and has been practicing in South Florida since 2002. He specializes in minimally invasive spinal surgery, which to him means not only smaller surgeries, but less surgery. Dr. Maliner received his medical degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. He completed an Internship at Eastern Virginia Medical College in Norfolk, VA and a Residency in Neurosurgery at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA.

Steven Svabek, DO
Dr. Steven Svabek is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who treats general orthopedic issues and specializes in diseases and disorders of the spine. He is fellowship trained in spine surgery. Dr. Svabek graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO. He completed his Internship at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and an Orthopedic Residency at St. Vincent Hospital/Cabrina Medical Center as well as North Shore University in New York, NY. 

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