June 11th, 2024
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UF Health Pain Medicine Joins Forces with Halifax Health - Neurosciences to Introduce Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Daytona Beach, FL – (May 8, 2024) UF Health Pain Medicine, in collaboration with Halifax Health - Neurosciences, proudly announces the launch of Endoscopic Spine Surgery (ESS) led by Dr. Mark Bender. This pioneering initiative elevates spine surgery to new heights in the area and the state, offering patients minimally invasive solutions with unparalleled precision.

Dr. Bender expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "Our introduction of Endoscopic Spine Surgery marks a significant milestone in spinal care and offerings at Halifax Health. With incisions as small as 3 to 7 mm, patients experience faster recovery times, reduced risk of complications, and exceptional outcomes."

Highlighting the transformative potential of ESS, Dr. Patrick Han, Medical Director of UF Health Neurosurgery at Halifax Health, emphasized, "This collaboration and advancement underscores our commitment to delivering the highest standard of care. By harnessing advanced technologies and expertise, we empower patients with state-of-the-art treatment options, previously available only in select institutions."

Notably, ESS enables patients to undergo surgery as a same-day procedure, returning home with minimal discomfort according to Bender. Dr. Bender will collaborate closely with the neurosurgery team at Halifax Health to ensure comprehensive pre and post-operative care, further enhancing patient experience and outcomes.

UF Health Pain Medicine's integration of ESS solidifies Halifax Health – Neurosurgery’s position as a leader in innovative spinal care. With this advancement, patients in the area gain access to world-class treatment previously exclusive to UF Health in Gainesville, Florida.

About Halifax Health:

Recognized as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ in the United States by IBM Watson Health™, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of health care services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, two community hospitals, an urgent care network, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community organization. Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Center for Transplant Services, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department with board-certified pediatricians on staff 24/7, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, OB Emergency Department and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born earlier than 28 weeks. It’s also the area’s longest-standing Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) offering complete stroke care.

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