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Dr. Nicholas Mataragas

Spinal Specialist

As a specialist in spinal surgery, Dr. Mataragas’ clinical interests include adult reconstructive spinal surgery, cervical and lumbar spinal surgery, new and improved minimally invasive spinal implant technologies and the use of artificial disc replacement techniques. Dr. Mataragas was one of the first surgeons to bring minimally invasive surgical technology to the Chicagoland area. His interest in minimally invasive techniques culminated in his mentoring of surgeons nationally and internationally. Surgeons from far-reaching places such as Spain, Greece, Korea, and Japan have visited his operating room to learn emerging techniques in spinal surgery. In addition to attending numerous nationwide discussion panels on the evolution of spinal implant technology, he has been instrumental in the development of minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques and devices.

Most recently, his interest in minimally invasive spinal surgery has led to his pioneering use of the minimally invasive anterior lumbar fusions. He is one of the few surgeons nationally that routinely performs multilevel, minimally invasive, anterior lumbar fusions. His patients have had significantly shorter hospital stays and excellent results compared to patients treated with traditional techniques.

Although a specialist in spinal surgery, Dr. Mataragas believes in the importance of conservative management prior to surgical treatment. He believes that this, in addition to his use of minimally invasive techniques and his “less is more” philosophy on spinal surgery, account for his reputation of superb patient outcomes.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Mataragas was Valedictorian of Marist High School class of 1991. He received his medical degree at the age of 22 from the University of Miami, after completing the prestigious six-years honors program in medicine. His surgical training continued during his residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, home of the world renowned Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and home of Ryder Trauma Center, the largest trauma center in the world. Dr. Mataragas is a member of the North American Spine Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is affiliated with West Boca Medical Center, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, and Broward Health North.