Avala’s physicians Dr. Samer Shamieh and Dr. Jeremy James with DISC of Louisiana have been named 2019 Health Care Heroes by City Business in Southeast Louisiana for their minimally invasive approach to spine surgery – completed here at Avala Hospital!

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Recover at Home, the Same Day as Your Surgery

DISC of Louisiana specializes in minimally invasive spine (MIS) surgery practiced here at Avala. It means smaller incisions, smaller risks of complications, less blood loss, and quicker recoveries. DISC of Louisiana doctors use the newest technology and imaging to allow their surgeons to see your spine safely, and without a larger incision.

Incisions are usually less than one inch! Their surgeons use special surgical tools to access the damaged area of your spine without harming the muscles and tissue around it. When compared to traditional or “open” procedures, MIS consistently sees better outcomes. Avala’s Northshore spine surgeons, Dr. K. Samer Shamieh and Dr. Jeremy James are the only spine surgeons in Southeast Louisiana with the training, skill, and technology to provide MIS surgery.

  • Advantages to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Less Pain
  • Smaller Scars
  • Less Blood Loss
  • Smaller Risk of Infection
  • Shorter Hospital Stay
  • Cutting-Edge Technology