Where Is the Best Spine Surgeon Near Me?


Severe back or neck pain can be excruciating to live with. Pain can affect your ability to concentrate at work, get around easily and enjoy the time you spend with family and loved ones. If you’ve been living with pain that isn’t relieved by traditional treatments like medications, physical therapy or rest, it may be time to ask yourself: where can I find the best spine surgeon near me? 


At Integrity Spine and Orthopedics, our Merritt Island, FL, clinic is headed by David Willits, M.D., an experienced orthopedic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgeries. Keep reading to learn more about the minimally invasive procedures we offer and the benefits they have over open surgery. 

Dr. Willits Performs Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeries in Merritt Island, FL

David Willits, M.D., is an experienced orthopedic surgeon who sees patients in our Merritt Island, FL, clinic. He’s board-certified and fellowship-trained in pediatric and adult orthopedic surgeries. Additionally, he’s received specialized training in endoscopic spine surgery


Endoscopic surgery is an ultra minimally invasive technique that uses a series of small tubes and a camera (endoscope) to move aside muscles and tissues and allow a surgeon access to the spine. Dr. Willits is one of only 3 spine surgeons in the U.S. who performs cervical endoscopic procedures. He also specializes in interventional pain management procedures. Dr. Willits offers many patients the choice of conscious sedation if they’re nervous about needles but want to be sedated during surgery. 


At Integrity Spine and Orthopedics, Dr. Willits performs minimally invasive spine surgeries that help patients live active lives without pain. He uses best practices for pain management and spinal procedures to treat a range of conditions, including:


  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Disc collapse
  • Pinched nerves
  • Facet joint syndrome
  • Bone spurs (osteophytes)
  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Scoliosis


If you’re experiencing severe back of neck pain, difficulty moving and performing activities, or new onset of weakness, numbness and tingling in your extremities, call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Willits.  

What Are Minimally Invasive Spine Procedures?

Surgeons have been performing minimally invasive procedures with great success in numerous medical fields since the 1980s. Advancements in technology and surgical techniques have opened up new avenues for surgeons to meet their patients’ surgical needs with fewer risks. 


Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a safe alternative to traditional open surgery for treating painful and debilitating spine conditions. MISS uses small incisions, small surgical tools and cameras, fluoroscopy and advanced surgical techniques to stabilize spinal structures, repair or remove damaged spinal discs, remove painful bone spurs, relieve pressure on compressed nerves and create more space in the spine. 


At Integrity Spine and Orthopedics, Dr. Willits performs several minimally invasive surgeries to relieve back and neck pain, restore mobility and stabilize the spine for patients with debilitating conditions. Procedures include:


  • Spinal decompression
  • Discectomy
  • Spinal fusion
  • Total disc replacement

What Are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive procedures have several advantages over traditional open surgeries. Some of the primary benefits include:


  1. Smaller incisions. Open spine surgery involves making a long incision down the back, cutting through soft tissues and muscle in the process. In contrast, minimally invasive procedures can be performed with small incisions, some as small as 1-3 inches.  


  1. Less muscle and tissue damage. Instead of cutting through muscle and soft tissues, minimally invasive procedures use special tools called tubular retractors to roll and spread muscle and tissues out of the way. This technique results in less muscle and tissue damage.  


  1. Fewer operative complications. The majority of minimally invasive spine surgeries result in less blood loss, less swelling, fewer blood transfusions and less trauma to surrounding organs and soft tissues. 


  1. Lower risk of infection. Since minimally invasive procedures require smaller incisions, there’s less risk of infection-causing viruses and bacteria to enter the body through an open wound.  


  1. Less postoperative pain. The majority of minimally invasive surgeries cause less postoperative pain and swelling, and less dependence on dangerous and addictive narcotic medications for pain management. 


  1. Faster recovery and rehabilitation. Minimally invasive spine procedures have fewer activity restrictions post-surgery and require less downtime and rehabilitation. Many patients are up and resuming their normal activities within a few weeks of surgery. 


Many MISS procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis in an ambulatory surgical center (ASC). At Integrity Spine and Orthopedics, we’re able to send our patients home the same day as surgery. The ASC setting vastly reduces costly hospital expenses. Expense is a major factor that sometimes causes our patients to hold off on necessary surgery and live in pain for longer than they have to.  


Like all surgeries, minimally invasive procedures come with risks. However, the advanced nature of minimally invasive surgical techniques and modern technology has greatly reduced the risks and complications for patients who are eligible for minimally invasive spine surgery.    

How Do I Contact the Best Spine Surgeon Near Me?

Dr. Willits specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide range of acute and chronic back, spine and joint conditions. If you’re experiencing acute or chronic pain, weakness, or loss of mobility, contact our Merritt Island, FL, clinic to schedule a consultation with our team.


Call us at 321-275-1500 or contact us online to request an appointment.

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