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Reconstructive Spinal Surgery

Dr. Howard Place Performs Spine Surgery
Treating Spinal Deformities and Disorders in Adults and Children


SLUCare fellowship-trained spinal surgeons are experts in treating spinal deformities and disorders, and in reconstructive surgery of the spine. 

From diagnosing curvature of the spine in adolescents to treating geriatric degenerative diseases of the spine, SLUCare provides comprehensive back and neck care for children and adults. We offer the latest surgical techniques for both trauma-related and degenerative spinal problems, using treatments ranging from small "keyhole" incisions on discs to major reconstruction of the spine. 

We also treat a spectrum of spinal fractures and spinal cord injuries and are among the St. Louis region's most experienced doctors treating Level I spinal injuries.

Our doctors use the latest technologies to diagnose back and neck pain: electromyography (nerve conduction test), MRI, CT, CT myelogram (an x-ray of the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots).  

Conditions We Treat

Relief Without Surgery

SLUCare spine surgeons work collaboratively across specialties, coordinating care to help patients manage their back and neck pain. Often, that means helping patients find relief without surgery. Treatment options may include physical therapy, activity modification, medication or injections. Our team will help you create a plan that fits your needs and your lifestyle. 

Whatever your diagnosis or choice of treatment, you can count on your SLUCare team for compassionate, supportive care that eases your symptoms and helps to restore your quality of life.

SLUCare Spinal Surgeons and Specialists

Robert A. Morgan, MD

Howard Place, MD

Aki Puryear, MD (Pediatrics)

Pooria Salari, MD

SLUCare Spinal Surgery Office Locations

Center for Specialized Medicine
1225 South Grand
St. Louis, MO 63104
314-257-3390
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SLUCare Orthopedic Surgery Clinic at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - St. Louis 
1031 Bellevue Avenue, Suite 280 A
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
314-977-4440
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St. Francis Building at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital - Fenton
1011 Bowles, Suite 400
Fenton, MO 63026
314-977-4440
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Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Location

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
1465 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104
314-678-2180
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