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Dr. Chukwuka Okafor

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Lakeland, FL
17 years experience male

Locations

Spine Institute of Central Florida

Lakeland, FL

Address

5050, S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

8636884430

Insurances accepted

AvMed Health Plan

Bankers Life and Casualty Company

CarePlus Health Plan

Celtic Insurance Company

CIGNA Health Care

Coventry Health Care

First Health Group Corporation

Great-West Healthcare

Guardian Life

Harvard Pilgim Health Care

Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company

Humana Insurance Company

Medical Mutual of Ohio

MultiPlan, Inc

Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company

Preferred Care

Principal Life Insurance Company

Private Healthcare Systems, Inc (PHCS)

United American Insurance Company

UnitedHealthcare

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Florida

Aetna Life Insurance Company

About

Bio

Dr. Okafor graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He delivered the Valedictorian Speech during his college graduation. He was presented the coveted John F. Kennedy Award, which is the highest award, honor and recognition that the University of Massachusetts bestows on a graduating undergraduate student for Service, Great Leadership and Academic Excellence. Dr. Okafor completed medical school at the esteemed Boston University School of Medicine. He then was accepted into one of the top nationally recognized Orthopaedic Surgery Residency training programs at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with the Rothman Institute. While in Residency he trained with National leaders and World-renowned Spine Surgeons. He had extensive training in all aspects of Spine Surgery, including the most advanced and complex procedures for treating neck and back disorders, spine trauma and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Okafor had very dedicated training on Pediatric Spine Surgery at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware, where he received training on all aspects of complex pediatric deformity correction, and adolescent scoliosis corrections. Following completion of residency, he completed a combined Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Spine Fellowship with the Florida Orthopaedic Institute in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Okafor is well trained in all aspects of Spine Surgery. He performs all cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral spine procedures. He performs all types of Complex Spine Reconstructive procedures and Deformity corrections. Dr. Okafor performs scoliosis correction and fusion surgeries for patients of all ages. He employs very advanced and cutting edge minimally invasive surgery techniques for his scoliosis correction surgeries.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Licenses

United States: Florida

Languages spoken

English, Igbo

Doctor Q&A

390 Answers
78 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
No: Except for placebo type effect. Just as adjusting the fit on someone pants has nothing to do with fixing someones oversized shirt/blouse. You hips are... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Call your Surgeon: Numbness maybe from incision, or could be as a result of other more serious issues. With swelling, especially if your leg and calf appears tense and p... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
See your doctor: All those symptoms appear unrelated. It is very unusual for someone of your age to have spinal compression fractures without significant trauma. So if... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
It depends: Various things could cause this, from things like simple muscle sprain, exertional compartment syndrome, to stress injuries to bone and/or muscle, or ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
See you doctor: You need to be evaluated by your doctor, a hands on examination will be needed to accurately diagnose what's causing your symptoms.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Yes you can.: Yes, following full recovery from surgery --- which can take anywhere from 4-weeks to 2-3 months, you will then be able to resume your sporting activi... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
See your doctor: If these are symptomatic, the following treatments may be helpful. Nsaids (if not medically contraindicated as you doctor), physical therapy, occipita... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Discuss with Doctor: Discuss results with your ordering physician. The findings you listed does not describe any specific disease. It simply states in other words, that yo... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Need evaluation: With varicocele you develop enlargement of the veins in the scrotum. You will need to go get evaluated by your urology physician who will tell you th... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
NSAIDS/ice/heat: Anti-inflammatory medications (if no contra-indication for them), cold packs and hot compress 20 minutes on, and about an hour off prior to re-applyin... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Could be: If you have a lumbar herniated disc pinching a nerve, it could lead to pain down the distribution of the nerve being pinched.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Need evaluation: There are lots of reasons why you may have back pain. Things related to your spine, vascular system, GI system, gu system, rheumatologic issues (like ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Not typically: Typically due to compressive pathology of the L4 nerve root or L5 -- most commonly at the l4-5 level. Not just a small herniated disc. There are other... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
It helps reduce : Inflammation around your nerves within the spinal canal that is responsible for producing pain in your hip.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Not a good idea: There is specific indications that will make it ok for disc replacement. Osteoporosis will significantly increase chance of failure of fixation of the... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Observe it: If no fever, chills, sweats, increased back pain, increased leg pain or weakness then observe it. If you have any of these, it may suggest you have di... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
his weight on itself: Will likely not stunt his growth, unless of course if he is severely malnourished. He needs to eat a balanced diet, and follow instructions of his phy... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
You probably cannot : Snap your fingers and get it to resolve, it may take a couple of days. But there are good treatment options. If you have no contraindication, you can ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
No it will not : Affect the cyst, which is most likely a tarlov cysts, also known as perineurial cysts, which is an incidental finding on your mri, and not likely caus... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Treatment is only if: It is causing symptoms, if so starting with conservative treatment including nsaids, pt, cervical traction, home exercises, then cervical epidural inj... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
No treatment needed: If it is not bothering you. When symptomatic, see a spinal specialist, to initiate conservative management, which will be likely all that will be nee... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
1st line treatment: His conservative. This will include anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, home exercise programs, possibly epidural injection. Surgery is... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Ask your surgeon: Your surgeon will guide you. Depends on how many weeks you are away from surgery. At times after microfractures & drilling for hip avn (avascular necr... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Do NOT re-start: Do not re-start smoking. Quit for good. Absolutely no good thing comes out of tobacco use.
A female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
typically if you do: Not get a call back within 12-24 hours, call them back, likely they forgot. However, if it is something that you believe needs more immediate attentio... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
your neurologist or: Neurosurgeon will evaluate you, and look at your MRI and imaging studies, and get you a more specific answer after your images are reviewed. Cyst gro... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
It typically varies : From patient to patient. Females approximately at age 14 years (give or take a year or two); in males approximately age 16 years (give or take a year ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
You may try: Some anti-inflammatory medications, if you do not have a medical contraindication. If symptoms persist, see your pcp doctor. There are a lot of causes... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
A few treatments: Anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, epidural injections, if these don't properly address symptoms, and if there is a compressive patholog... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
To better and more : Accurately assess what it could be, you will need to go see your doctor for an evaluation. He/she will ask you a few questions, like any headaches, fe... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
There is no links: In the medical literature connecting mobile phone use or computer use to wrinkles. So there is no evidence based findings to support making that conne... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Seek medical care: As it may significantly worsen. I could be an abscess, and may contain a type of bacteria that is highly resistant to most antibiotics -- "mrsa." you ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
It depends, there is: No exact number. When an object precipitates anxiety, it could lead to increase in blood pressure. But there is no formula to calculate how high the b... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Let your primary : Care doctor know of your problems controlling your blood sugar. Watch your diet, and your pcp may check your hba1c blood level, then will have to chan... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
See your doctor to : Get it evaluated. A physical examination is recommended as it will help with better diagnosing the "lump.".
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
When indicated,: after failure of conservative management. An experienced spinal surgeon can perform this for you. But most sacroiliac joint dysfunction responds nicel... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Have your doctor : Evaluate you. He/she may have to check some labs, and may consider referring you to a rheumatologist, to rule out any inflammatory type causes.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
It could be various: Things, go get it examined by your doctor, to ensure it is nothing to worry about, especially if you are having any fevers, chills, sweats, redness ar... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Call them and find : Out. Have your primary care refer you, this might help you get in quicker. And there are also other spine specialist in the area.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
If symptoms are : Persisting, consider returning to the emergency room, these types of symptoms may just be from spasms, especially if there was a recent trauma, but it... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Your Backbone is: your Spine. You got to have your backbone to be functional. It comprises your cervical, throacic, lumbar spine, sacrum and coccyx. Made up of vertebra... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Instability at the: C1-2 Joint. The first 2 cervical vertebrae. Various things can lead to this, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA) which leads to pannus formation or fi... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: Yes, you likely should not have any problem conceiving or having a child solely based on your spinal surgery/fracture, as vertebral fractures don't af... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Many Options: Yes, you do have numerous options. See a spine surgeon for evaluation. Review current images including xrays & MRI of your lumbar spine, and possibly ... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Need to see a doctor: There are lots of causes of low back pain. Some are benign others may not be. Accurate diagnosis of the cause of your pain is the key to getting the b... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Depends : If the prostate inflammation is associated with active infection, then elective surgery is not recommended, until active infection is treated. But dis... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Pleurisy (Pleuritis): You are likely having pleurisy (pleuritis). Go see your doctor. Typical if this is all that it is, a prescription of nsaids like Ibuprofen will help t... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Lordosis is good: in the lumbar and cervical spine, and does not need correcting.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Usually no clear tie: So consult your doctor, and discuss this with him/her.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 17 years experience
Consult an: Orthopaedic Surgeon for evaluation and examination. Many at times, patients come in stating they have pain in their "hip" or "hip joints" when for a m... Read More

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Apr 30, 2013
Many thanks to Dr. Okafor for his prompt and insightful response.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Okafor is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Okafor is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I have severe scoliosis & spina bifida (not near as bad as the scoliosis), 46° curve in a backwards can shape. I need all info I can to help me out.:)
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks.it makes me feel a little down and out but that's life. From my info what do u think the best option is. I just want to get life back
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MRI showed full tears of ATFL and CFL, partial tear of deep deltoid ligament and OCD of talus, among others.. Had surgery 9 weeks ago, beginning slow recovery now. Thanks!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Boston University School of Medicine, MA
Graduated 2004MD

Residency

THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Spine and Scoliosis Surgeon, Spine Institute of Central Florida
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
Top Doctor, First Place, Lakeland, FL - Winter
2013
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