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Orthopedic Surgeon Aventura

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Dr. Georgiy Brusovanik

For many folks suffering from chronic back pain, the idea of spinal surgery with orthopedic can be frightening. Often, people put off necessary surgery, choosing instead to endure the daily pain and frustration.

Before putting off spinal surgery another day, do yourself a favor and schedule a consult with Doctor Georgiy Brusovanik, who heads Miami Back and Neck Specialists. Dr. Brusovanik has helped countless people who suffer from chronic back pain, including world-class athletes.

Born in Moscow, Dr. Brusovanik was educated at Duke University. A consult with Dr. Brusovanik will put your mind at ease, as he always endeavors to cure your chronic pain in the most minimally-invasive way possible. Sometimes, non-surgical treatments are all that are needed to reduce or eliminate chronic back pain significantly.

In cases where surgery is needed, Dr. Brusovanik always employs the surgical option that causes the least pain and fastest recovery time. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Brusovanik at any of Miami Back and Neck Specialists’ South Florida facilities, including Aventura, today.

Have you been told that you have to have an emergency spiral operation, and you cannot postpone it due to grave risk to your spinal cord or nerve? Get a second opinion from an orthopedic surgeon. Emergencies in spine surgery are very rare. So. If you hear the words “you have to have surgery”, get a second opinion. We are spine surgeons, easy to reach. Most of us have set up tele-conferencing. It’s easy to send imaging. Don’t let anyone scare you into surgery. And I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised after you get a second opinion.


Neck pain is pretty common among the general population, but it usually lasts a few days to a week. However, chronic neck and shoulder pain can severely impact your quality of life. Your ability to work, relax, and participate in leisure activities is severely limited by chronic pain.

Unless you’ve suffered chronic pain, it can be difficult to understand how negatively it can affect the rest of your life. Pain is bad enough, but the “chronic” part comes with its own set of problems. Aside from the negative effect on mood, chronic pain requires constant mental attention. As a result, it becomes impossible to give any task your entire focus.

Life can be challenging, and you want to be able to direct all of your mental energy to any problems that may come up. A consultation with a spine doctor is the first step to reclaiming that misdirected focus.


Dr. Brusovanik knows that the first step in successfully treating chronic back pain is identifying the source of the pain. Impinged nerves or seized muscles are usually the cause of chronic back pain. While tracing nerves affected by herniated disks is relatively easy, seized muscles can result from any number of conditions or injuries and take longer to diagnose correctly.

Once Dr. Brusovanik has located the source of your chronic back pain, diagnostic images will be taken to identify the exact pain origin site. Then, he’ll recommend the most minimal surgical repair that will solve your problem.


If you’re looking for a spine doctor to consult about your chronic neck or back pain or pain following neck or back surgery, you should know there’s a difference between an orthopedic surgeon and a spine doctor. An orthopedic surgeon operates on the musculoskeletal system. A spine surgeon is an orthopedic surgeon whose focus is the spinal column and its components.

When chronic pain returns or even worsens following surgery, it can be difficult to screw up the courage to try again. Dr. Brusovanik understands this and always endeavors to relieve your pain in the most minimally-invasive way possible.

Before performing surgery to alleviate pain caused by or exacerbated by prior surgery, Dr. Brusovanik will help you choose your best treatment option, give you the odds of success, and, most importantly, do no further damage.

Don’t wait another day if you’re suffering from chronic back or neck pain and are looking for a spine doctor in the Aventura area. Call Miami Back and Neck Specialists today to schedule a consult with Dr. Brusovanik at our Aventura facility.

Sciatica Pain

Are you having pain going from your back down through the thigh down to your legs? Something called sciatica. Have you heard of sciatica? So, essentially, sciatica is a misnomer. It’s pain going down the sciatic nerve, but all of your lower back pains that go down the nerves go vis a vis the sciatic nerve. So, it’s really more important to know which specific segment in your spine is causing that pain. It’s all going to be called Sciatica. And if your pain has been labelled as piriformis syndrome, that doesn’t really exist. I would really try your best to get a second opinion.

Ortho vs Neuro Spine Surgeon

So, are you trying to figure out whether you should go to an orthopedic spine surgeon or to a neurosurgeon to help you with your neck pain or your back pain? And if you’re still wondering which of the 2 specialties to go for, and you’re also wondering if one specialty is better at doing one thing versus another specialty at doing the other thing, well, that’s really not the case. These days, both ortho and neurosurgeons train together. There’s even talks about creating a unified program focused just on spine. Historically, there may have been some differences, but these days, look at the reviews, ask your doctor all the hard questions. What kind of complications have you had? How did you resolve those complications? Can I talk to a patient who had the same problem that you promise to fix in me? Ask your doctor all of the hard questions. Don’t be shy. And it doesn’t matter ortho or neuro.


So, are you trying to get an MRI to figure out why you’re hurting? And are you having to wait for your insurance authorization? Here’s my advice. Ask your MRI center, what is the cash price for the MRI? The reality is that most MRI centers who bill the MRI to your insurance, charge $1500. But if you offer to pay cash, they will likely charge you no more than $300, maybe $350. At least that’s what it’s like in my city. There’s no penalty for the MRI center to overcharge, but they don’t want to lose a customer. So, if you just simply offer them to pay cash, you don’t have to wait, you can get it done right away, and you can get your doctor that important piece of information that allows him to get your diagnosis.

What does an Orthopedic Surgeon do?

An orthopedic surgeon in general is someone who deals with the musculoskeletal system. That means that he’s an appropriate doctor for pain around bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. An orthopedic spine surgeon is someone who has done extensive training to focus on human spine. Therefore, an orthopedic spine surgeon specializes in taking care of patients with specifically muscular skeletal issues musculoskeletal of the back, mid-back specifically, and neck.

Now, manifestations of neck pain may be felt down the arms, behind the shoulder blade, or as a headache. Manifestations of lower back disease may be felt as lower leg pain, weakness, numbness, and possibly difficulty walking. An orthopedic spine surgeon specializes in fixing instability of the human spine as well as neurological compression of the human spine. Therefore, a common symptom to be seen at an orthopedic spine surgeon’s office is sciatica or torticolis, and neck pain.


Awards & Recognitions

+ Awarded the Key to Miami/Dade County

+ “Best Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon”, as seen on CNN Latino

+ Official physician for the United States Kick Boxing Association

+ As seen on US News and World Report

+ Robotic and Computer Assisted Spine Surgery

+ Mayor Hernandez & Councilman Gonzalez dedicate Feb 24th, as the Dr. Brusovanik day



Dr. Brusovanik treats the following conditions:


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  • Dr. Brusovanik has authored over 30 publications on issues related to spine surgery.
  • As seen on CNN Espanol and Us News and World Report
  • Dr. Brusovanik is the Spine Consultant for the Miami Dolphins and the Sony Open Tennis Miami
  • Dr. Brusovanik is fluent in both Spanish & Russian
  • Dr. Brusovanik supports the following charities; PETA, Center For Biological Diversity, National Resource Defense Council, Human Rights Campaign, and the Sierra Club.