Dr. Raskas’s progressive insight into back and neck treatments for over two decades has improved the lives of countless patients. He believes the best outcomes start with a thorough diagnosis. Accurate diagnoses combined with advanced treatments form the basis for Dr. Raskas’s goal for favorable outcomes. He strives to improve patients’ symptoms with little or no residual pain, restore their active lifestyles and reduce or eliminate their need for pain medications.
Successful patients tend to be well-informed and secure with the decisions they make regarding their healthcare. His practice works to educate patients on their specific anatomical problems, the natural course of the issues if left untreated, and the treatment choices including conservative care. If surgery is an option, the chance of a good outcome is discussed along with associated risks of an unexpected outcome. By providing this information patients are empowered with their decision-making process.
Most patients would prefer a surgeon with 20 years of experience who was born and raised in St. Louis and plans on staying in STL and will take care of you afterwards or a National Corporation who will treat you like a commodity for a 5-day maximum
President of Orthopedic Sports medicine & Spine Care Institute.
Dr. Raskas received his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine, and completed his internship in general surgery at University of Michigan Medical Center Ann Arbor, MI and residency in orthopaedic surgery at Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI. He completed a fellowship in spine surgery at UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles CA.
Dr. Raskas is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the following associations and organizations:
- American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- North American Spine Society
- St. Louis Orthopaedic Association
- Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Dr. Raskas offers comprehensive care of a full range of spinal conditions, from acute injuries to degenerative conditions such as disc herniations and spinal stenosis to spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease and osteoporotic compression fractures.
- Spinal Fusion
- Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
- Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
- Lumbar Disc Microsurgery
- Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Minimally-invasive surgery is an option for patients who want to return to their normal life-style as quickly as possible. Dr. Raskas offers several such treatment solutions that have proven to be highly successful. Unlike traditional spine surgery, which is done by creating a long incision to allow a surgeon to view and access the anatomy of the body, minimally invasive spine surgery does not require a long incision. Minimally invasive spine surgery, or MISS, is an endoscopic procedure that uses specialized video cameras and instruments that allows a physician to make a small incision that significantly reduces the amount of damage to the muscle and surrounding areas. The result is less pain after surgery and a faster recovery.