NJ Top Doctor – Steven J. Valentino, D.O.
Scotch Plains, NJ – February 2013
Dr. Steven Valentino, NJ Top Doc, is an Orthopedic Surgeon with a subspecialty in Spine Surgery and is recognized for his excellence in the field of spine surgery. Dr. Valentino is a board certified, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania fellowship-trained spine surgeon who has practiced in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area for 20 years.
Dr. Valentino has a special interest in minimally invasive spine surgery and artificial disc replacement.The goal of minimally invasive spine surgery is to achieve the same effect as with traditional surgery, but to do so through small incisions.Surgery is sometimes done through small tubes. There are minimally invasive techniques for several spinal surgeries including fusion and discectomy. The advantage to the patient is fewer traumas to muscles, minimal blood loss and a much quicker recovery.Most patients feel comfortable going home within 23 hours of the surgery. Artificial Disc replacement is a significant advance is spine surgery for select individuals. The disc can now be replaced, preserving motion and flexibility.
Dr. Valentino has a conservative approach to the care of his patients and encourages non-surgical treatment first. Many patients will get better with rest, medication, strengthening and physical therapy programs. Dr. Valentino’s philosophy is to evaluate each patient and formulate treatment options that are best suited to the individual. He believes it is of the utmost importance that his patients understand all options regarding their spine care.
Dr. Valentino holds board certifications from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and is a member of the prestigious American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, American Medical Association, and many other professional societies.
“I treat patients the way I would like myself or a family member treated. I give personal individualized attention to each and every patient. “
The spine is composed of intricate structures designed to provide strength and mobility. When the spine is injured, diseased or deformed, everyday activities such as lifting, twisting and turning are compromised. Over 80% of adults will experience significant back or neck pain at some point during their life. Problems in the back can not only cause low back pain but also are associated with leg pain, numbness and weakness, while neck problems can affect the arms and hands. Today’s spinal care is complex. When selecting a physician to treat any of these issues, Dr Valentino gives personalized care to each and every patient from the first visit until symptoms have improved significantly or resolved.
Dr. Valentino’s expertise is in the following conditions and procedures:
- Acute & Chronic Lower Back and Neck Pain
- Herniated Cervical Discs (Neck)
- Herniated Lumbar Discs (Back)
- Spinal Stenosis
- Arthritis & Degenerative Disc Disease
- Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- Cervical and Lumbar Fusions
- Cervical and Lumbar Decompression
- Interventional Spine Pain Management (epidural injection, nerve & facet blocks, spinal cord stimulators, radiofrequency ablation)
- Artificial Disc Replacement
- Non-operative spine care
Dr. Valentino’s practice is conveniently located in Sewell, New Jersey.For more information please visit Dr. Valentino’s full profile at: http://www.njtopdocs.com/DrValentinoSpine
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