|Zachary L. Kelley, M.D.|
Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Dr. Kelley is a fellowship trained spine surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine procedures. Patients who have minimally invasive spine procedures have smaller incisions, less blood loss, and a shorter hospital stay.
Dr. Kelley completed his undergraduate training at the University of Washington in Seattle. He later obtained a Doctorate in Pharmacy in 1999. After pharmacy school, he was accepted into the University of Washington School of Medicine. He graduated with a Doctorate in Medicine in 2003. Following medical school, he entered orthopedic residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. He completed his residency training in 2008.
As Dr. Kelley had an interest in spine surgery, he completed a spine fellowship at the Seattle Minimally Invasive Spine Center in 2009. This fellowship focused on minimally invasive treatments of all regions of the spine. His comprehensive spine training included the treatment of low back pain, neck pain, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, spinal instability, spine trauma, and many other spinal conditions that affect the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar areas of the spine.
Dr. Kelley’s message to patients:
Low back pain, neck pain, or some other problem arising from the spine will affect the majority of us at some point in our lives. These ailments can cause significant pain and lead to a decrease in physical function and quality of life. Many of these problems can be managed without surgery, and I believe that in most situations these nonsurgical treatments should be attempted prior to surgery. However, when these other methods fail, surgery can be the best approach for relieving pain and increasing physical function. I also believe that when the time for surgery presents, most procedures can be done in a minimally invasive fashion. Minimally invasive surgery decreases postoperative pain, blood loss, and the time that patients remain in the hospital. Many surgeries can now be performed through an incision that is 14 to 16mm in length, which is less than the distance measured across a penny. In addition, I feel that as a spine surgeon, I am obligated to provide excellent medical treatment and to treat all patients with a high level of respect and care.