Dr. Marco A. Rodriguez is a leader in the least Invasive Spine (LIS) procedures and surgery. Devoted to patient-centered care, Dr. Rodriguez created the International Spine Institute in 2015. His practice specializes in concierge spine medicine, and medical tourism, with the goals of educating patients about the benefits of least invasive procedures such as stem cell disc therapy, endoscopic spine surgery, and invasive artificial disc replacement – as alternatives to spinal fusion, which Dr. Rodriguez considers a last-resort surgery. His goal is to provide a non-fusion option that gives patients their lives back quickly and with as little pain and recovery as possible.
Board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Rodriguez, MD, treats a variety of degenerative spinal conditions including herniated disc, sciatica, low back pain, spinal stenosis, neck pain, spondylolisthesis, and failed back surgery.
At the International Spine Institute, our motto is "Less Is So Much More." Dr. Rodriguez has aimed to bridge the gap between failed pain management and spinal surgery with a philosophy of least invasive procedures. These procedures, are less invasive, use smaller incisions, and have a faster recovery and return to work than minimally invasive spine surgery. Pain management is relevant and helpful to pinpoint the pain generator in the low back, and some of the facet joint injections and interventional procedures provide temporary relief for some patients. For many patients, they don't get long-lasting relief. Often when patients fail pain management, they are referred to spinal surgeons.
According to Dr. Rodriguez, there are too many spinal fusions done with poor outcomes and a long recovery. Dr. Rodriguez focuses on stem cell therapy, endoscopic rhizotomy, and endoscopic discectomy surgery, which provide effective long-term relief from low back pain without the long recovery.