Since 2003, we have dedicated our practice to treating patients with spine disorders. Recognizing that spine issues often lead to debilitating pain, we’ve expanded our practice to offer more comprehensive service to our patients and now offer spine and pain care all in one convenient location.
Years In Practice32
EducationUniv Of West Indies, Fac Med Sci, Kingston, Jamaica (950-01 Pr 1/71)
TrainingDiplomat of the Intercollegiate Specialty Board of the Royal College of Surgeons (United Kingdom) Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Postdoctoral Fellow in Spine Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas Former Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, Texas MBA from Rice University Published articles on General Orthopaedics and Spine Surgical Care Qualified to perform the lumbar and cervical artificial disc replacement surgeries
AffiliationsHermann, St. Luke's, Foundation Surgical Hospital, University General Hospital
CertificationBoard certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma by the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburg, Scotland, February 1999 Doctoral Fellowship in Spine Surgery from Baylor College of Medicine, February 2000
ServicesRichard Francis, MD, MBA, FRCS Ed., FRCS Ed. (Tr & Orth) provides orthopedic surgery in Houston, TX. Orthopedic Surgeons often treat degenerative conditions in the bones and joints as well as serious injuries to the musculoskeletal system.
To learn more, or to make an appointment with Richard Francis, MD, MBA, FRCS Ed., FRCS Ed. (Tr & Orth) in Houston, TX, please call (713) 383-7100.Additional ServicesRobotic Assisted Spine Surgery, scoliosis, spine surgery, back pain, degenerative disc, stenosis, sciatica, radiculopathy, neck pain
Overall, I am very pleased with my experience at Spine Associates. The day I found out I needed surgery, I was very upset and the Spine Associates staff was extremely caring and supportive. I had spinal fusion eight years ago for my scoliosis by another surgeon, but the unfused portion progressed. Dr. Francis extended my fusion to my lumbar spine to stop any further scoliosis progression. On the day I received my MRI and CT scan results, I had a long wait before I was able to see the doctor (this was the only time I had a really long wait). I also had not had surgery yet and I was not in pain. I had 2 pages of typed questions to ask Dr. Francis about my upcoming surgery. When it was my turn to see him, he went over my results and took as much time as I needed to answer all of my questions. I felt much more at ease about my surgery after all of my questions had been answered. On the day of surgery, I got to speak with him before I went back and he checked on me in the hospital on a Sunday afternoon, before I was discharged. The hospital staff had great things to say about Dr. Francis and the results they've seen in his patients. After my post-op appointment, the nurse called to check on me to see how I was doing. I am now 3 weeks post-op and doing great! I am very thankful that Dr. Francis takes the time to see patients in Beaumont so that I don't have to drive to Houston for every appointment. I read a lot about the robotic spine surgery and the new technology is nothing short of impressive. I even watched YouTube videos that describe the advantages of this new technology. My only complaint is that I was unaware that my insurance did not cover the hospitals with the robotic arm until I asked about it after my pre-op visit (just a minor communication issue). The whole time I was preparing for surgery, I mistakenly assumed that I would be getting the robotic technology. After my pre-op appointment, I began wondering why I hadn't gotten the scans required to program me into the robotic system. I called to ask about this and it was explained that the hospital my insurance covered did not have the robotic technology at that site. I was upset at first, but it didn't affect my decision to have the surgery. With or without the robotic assistance, I feel that Dr. Francis really is a leader in the field of spine surgery and I am very pleased with my results.
Dr Francis is one of the most dedicated doctors to restoring your quality of life that you will ever find. I cannot put into words the lengths he will go to make sure that all aspects of your well being is of the highest quality. It is so easy to put your problem into his amazing care. The staff members that I dealt with Jody his personal assistant and Ametria sergical scheduling personnel made things easy. I would like to also mention Dr Sterling... He makes sure all aspects of your safety in physically facing surgery is covered. With Dr Francis you could not find better care for all aspects needed for restoring your spine to the best possible condition. I feel God sent me to the best!
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