Michael A. Thomas DO, Neurosurgeon

Michael A. Thomas DO

Neurosurgeon

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499 E central Pkwy Altamonte Springs FL, 32701
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5/5

About

Dr Michael Thomas is a Neurosurgeon specializing in spinal procedures. He sub specializes in minimally invasive procedures for spinal diseases such as herniated disks, degenerative disk disease, cervical and lumbar deformities, the inured spine, and spinal tumors. He treats many patients with artificial disk replacement to promote normal spinal function and reduce long term degenerative conditions.

Education and Training

Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine D.O. 1991

Board Certification

American Osteopathic Board of Surgery

Provider Details

Male English 20 years of experience
Michael A. Thomas DO
Michael A. Thomas DO's Expert Contributions
  • Awake during brain surgery?

    Sometimes performing brain surgery while the patient is conscious is necessary especially if we are operating in the area of the brain that controls motor function or speech. Frequently brain tumors invade the speech or motor cortex of the brain. Ideally we would like to remove these tumors without causing loss of function. We are able to avoid or minimize damage to the motor or speech area during surgery by communicating with the patient and mapping out the areas that control these eloquent functions. Frequently during major vascular procedures the patient is conscious for a portion of the operation to monitor how the brain is functioning. READ MORE

  • Is pituitary adenoma life-threatening?

    There are several types of pituitary adenomas. All potentially can be life threatening if not treated properly. Many can secret excess hormones which can cause metabolic, cardiac and endocrine abnormalities. Some tumors can actually grow and potentially bleed with devastating effects such as blindness and coma. So it is important that the tumor is worked up by an endocrinologist and neurosurgeon to determine the tumor type and the appropriate treat plan prior to having back surgery. READ MORE

  • My mother has a blot clot in the right side of her brain. Is surgery the only option to remove it?

    Some clots can be life threatening and need to be removed. They should be removed if it is causing a progression of symptoms from consciousness to loss of consciousness to coma, due to brain herniation. Some clots are due to Abnormal blood vessels bleeding in the brain, therefore surgery would be recommended in some patients to remove the abnormal vessels. It is important to rule out this cause. In this case other treatment options may include endovascular procedures rather than brain surgery. Many patients can recover without surgery depending on the clots location and if the blood clot is stable in size and not expanding. The brain will eventually absorb the blood clot. Regarding your mothers age of 65 years. She still has a long life to live. If surgery is indicated or recommended by her neurosurgeon, then the chances of a favorable outcome are in her favor. READ MORE

  • My brother is suffering slight speech loss after an operation. Will he recover?

    Skull fractures that don't requires surgery will heal over 3 months. If the fractures are operated upon and a cranioplasty (fracture repair) is performed then plan on healing to take up to 6 months. However, most repairs are usually very solid since plates and screws are used for the reconstruction. READ MORE

  • Is there a cure for meningioma?

    Yes, it does pose a risk if it grows and becomes symptomatic. If so, then it may be cured with the complete removal of the mass. READ MORE

  • I am due for back surgery. Should I be doing any preparations before the surgery?

    Some times physical therapy may be beneficial prior to back surgery as it strengthens the core muscles and improves flexibility. If the procedure is to be a fusion then smoking cessation is a must. Also a proper nutritional diet is recommended so that the body is better equipped to heal properly. READ MORE

  • Are all tumors cancerous?

    Not every tumor is cancerous. Some tumors are benign. Depending on the MRI characteristics, if the diagnosis is uncertain, then a biopsy can be performed. READ MORE

  • Can a back injury cause neurological defects?

    Yes it may cause neurological deficits. If there are problems with motor control of the hands and legs then the cervical spine should be evaluated for spinal cord injury or compression. The cervical spine can easily be evaluated by an MRI. An isolated back injury such as a fracture or herniated disk can cause a neurological deficit but it would affect the legs only, not the hands. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

Spinal Surgery

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Chief Medical OfficerAdvanced Ambulatory Surgical Center2015 - 2018

Treatments

  • Axial Fusion
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Coccygectomy
  • Endoscopic Discectomy
  • Endoscopic Foraminotomy
  • Facet Fusion
  • Interlaminar Spacer
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Laser Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • TLIF

Professional Memberships

  • Congress of Neurosurgery
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Professional MemberAOBOS

Residency

  • Long Island Jewish MC Neurological Residency1997
  • Neurological, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Schneiderâ??s Childrenâ??s Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York College of Osteopathic, North Shore University Hospital, New York University

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • University of Miami 2015

Internships

  • Tulsa Regional Medical Center

Fellowships

  • Spine, University of Miami

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Florida Medical Association

Hobbies / Sports

  • Mountaineering, Golf, Snow Skiing, Fly Fishing

Favorite professional publications

  • Journal of Neurosurgery, Spine Journal, Journal of Neurological Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • Florida Hospital Celebration Health ( Celebration, FL )

Accepted Insurance

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Michael A. Thomas DO's Practice location

Advanced Orthopedics and pain management

499 E central Pkwy -
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
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New patients: 407-960-1717

Advanced Orthopedics

830 Faith St -
Maitland, Florida 32751
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New patients: 407-960-1717

3127 W HALLANDALE BEACH BLVD -
HALLANDALE, FL 33009
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New patients: 954-458-4488
Fax: 954-458-2928

NJ Spine and Orthopedic (Bridgewater, NJ)

1200 Route 22 East -
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
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New patients: 855-586-2615
Fax: 973-564-6092
https://www.njspineandortho.com/

NJ Spine and Orthopedic (Altamonte Springs, FL)

499 E. Central Parkway -
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Get Direction
New patients: 855-853-6542
Fax: 561-293-2901
https://www.njspineandortho.com/

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