South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday August 11, 2020

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August 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 2


Aventura-based neurosurgeon first in the region to offer new spinal fusion technology

Dr. David Krieger performed the innovative procedure at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
July 1, 2020 - HCA East Florida’s Physician Services Group is proud to announce neurosurgeon David Krieger, MD, MS, FAANS, FACS is the first physician in South Florida to utilize a new device to treat degenerative disc disease, degenerative scoliosis and Grade I spondylolisthesis. The Mojave™ PL 3D expandable interbody system is the first expandable cage that allows for independent control of the anterior and posterior heights to aid in matching the fit of the implant to a patient’s anatomy, which can help treat these conditions. Three cases were performed last month at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, Florida, utilizing both traditional open as well as minimally invasive approaches.
“Interbody spine fusion is a common procedure that involves inserting a device between spinal vertebrae, particularly in conditions where there is displacement of vertebral bodies, called spondylolisthesis,” explained Krieger, an Aventura-based neurosurgeon. “This device allows me to make special adjustments to the height and angle of the cage in between the vertebrae, which allows me to restore the curve of the spine to relieve pressure on nerve roots in an attempt to address my patient’s pain.”
Patients may consider spinal fusion after they have exhausted conservative treatment and particularly if their imaging studies shows spinal instability.
The height and angle of Mojave PL 3D™ can be adjusted in three different directions, allowing for a customized implant fit for the patient. The construction of the device lets it be inserted in a collapsed state, which allows for a minimally invasive insertion. This may help minimize the risk of damaging nerves, ligaments and surrounding tissue.
For more information about Dr. Krieger, or to schedule an appointment, call 305-937-3022 or visit 
About HCA East Florida Physician Services Group
HCA East Florida Physician Services Group is part of HCA Healthcare’s East Florida Division. Our network of practices is comprised of approximately 370 providers treating South Florida residents at 93 primary and specialty care locations ranging from Miami to Sebring, Florida. Outside of primary care, our providers have extensive expertise in a broad range of specialties including cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, general and minimally invasive surgery, bariatric surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, neurosurgery, oncology and urology. Our physician practices support the following hospitals: Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, Highlands Regional Medical Center, JFK Medical Center, JFK Medical Center North campus, Kendall Regional Medical Center, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, Northwest Medical Center, Palms West Hospital, Plantation General Hospital,  Raulerson Hospital, St. Lucie Medical Center, University Hospital and Medical Center and Westside Regional Medical Center.
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