Brain and Spine Specialty Care

Spine Care Requires Planning and Precision

At Sacred Heart our spine surgeons use precision and expertise to restore back, neck and spine function after an injury or due to a spinal condition.

Spine Care for the Emerald Coast

At the Ascension Sacred Heart Spine Center at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast, our team of board certified-orthopedic spine surgeons, pain management specialists, rehabilitation doctor, nurses, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, and patient navigator create individualized treatment plans for your neck or back pain or spinal conditions.

For more information about our full range of services, contact Lara Cooper, Spine Center navigator, at or 850- 278-3261

Surgical Guidance System Improves Outcomes

As the first spine surgeons in the area to use the Mazor Robotics Renaissance surgical guidance system, the Spine Center at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast has innovative surgical expertise and capabilities.  Our surgical and pain management team als treats those with burning, radiating nerve pain that goes into the arms, hands and legs.

We utilize a CT-based, 3-D simulation of the spine to create a unique surgical blueprint before the patient enters the operating room.

Even with complex spinal surgery, the Mazor Robot enhances the benefits of our minimally invasive techniques, resulting in fewer complications, less post-operative pain, and faster recovery. Dr. Kornelis Poelstra, medical director of the Spine Center, provides high-quality surgical care with more than 400 robotic-assisted surgeries to his credit. Our surgical guidance system aids in the repair of bone fractures due to osteoporosis, trauma, and spine deformities, as well as the removal tumors embedded in the spine.

Recognitions for Quality and Safety

The Spine Center at Sacred Heart has the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Disease Specific Care Certification, a symbol of quality that reflects our commitment to providing safe and effective care. Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals for spine surgery, according to a leading healthcare ratings organization.

Full Range of Spine Care Services

The spine provides mobility and stability to the body, but it is extremely vulnerable to injury and wear-and-tear over the years. As the leading Spine Center in the area, our orthopedic spine surgeons combine their skills with state-of-the-art technology to maximize patient outcomes. Doctors Poelstra, Charles Wingo and Dale T. Landry, Jr. have expertise in the treatment of

  • Back or Neck Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc herniation
  • Dislocations and fractures
  • Osteoporosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Scoliosis or deformity
  • Spondylosis/spondylolithesis
  • Stenosis
  • Tumors or cysts

Spine Procedures

  • Cervical fusion
  • Deformity correction
  • Discectomy
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar fusion
  • Osteotomy
  • Robotic spinal surgery
  • Spine reconstruction

Selective nerve injections are done by our anesthesiologist, a pain management specialist. These injections may be a first course of treatment prior to surgery for those with radiating nerve pain.

We also have a Doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to provide non-surgical treatments prior to and after surgery.  

Spine Camp: A Roadmap to Successful Outcomes

We offer caregivers and patients the opportunity to attend Spine Camp, an educational class that provides you with information you need to prepare for your upcoming surgery. You learn what to expect for your surgery and hospital stay and receive post-operative and recovery instructions. We also provide a detailed guide to successful spinal surgery that you can use as a resource throughout the entire process.

Our goal is to help you recover function and return to an improved quality of life.

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