Dr. Chukwuka Okafor, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery | Male

Spine Institute of Central Florida 5050 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33813 Get Directions
(863) 688-3030

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Dr. Okafor specializes in Orthopedic Surgery and practices in Lakeland, FL. He practices at 1 location.

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based on 56 total surveys (26 with reviews)
Dr. Okafor's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
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  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Reviews (26)
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Before I came to Dr. Okafor I had severe pain in my back from the nerves in the left side and the right side, it was just horrible. It hurt from my back all the way down into my toes. But after my surgery the pain that was running down my legs and back just quit. It’s a 100 percent difference now.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this awesome review and give us a five-star rating! At Spine Institute of Central Florida it is our mission to help our patients get back to living their lives pain free, so this is such an encouraging review for us. Thanks again for sharing! Sincerely, Spine Institute of Central Florida
in Florida |
I was having back pain and I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and I had had my right hip replaced and after that I was still having a lot of back pain, which they thought maybe the back pain would stop. I was reevaluated and thought I would benefit from surgery and that’s what Dr. Okafor did for me. The staff at the Spine Institute of Central Florida is amazing. Everybody is friendly and helpful. Dr. Okafor was very professional, very helpful in explaining the procedure and what to expect.
Thanks so much for taking the time to write this five-star review! At the Spine Institute of Central Florida our patients mean the world to us so positive feedback is what encourages us to continue providing world-class care. Dr. Okafor, along with our other providers, are compassionate, professional and extremely knowledgeable. They always make sure to take time that is needed to make their patients comfortable. Thanks so much for the feedback! Sincerely, Spine Institute of Central Florida
Tampa, FL |
Dr. Okafor came highly recommended by a friend who told me he is walking today thanks to Dr. Okafor surgery. My last back surgery before seeing Dr Okafor made me worse. Pain burning down legs, difficulty walking, difficulty standing straight, can't sleep. Another surgeon said surgery too complex and dangerous, and would not do it. After surgery with Dr. Okafor, I got up walking around in hospital with no pain in my legs. Dr. Okafor has best bedside manners. I take no pain drugs and have no pain.
Thanks so much for the incredible feedback. Every time we receive a review like this it encourages us to continue providing world-class care for our patients. At the Spine Institute of Central Florida it is our goal to get our patients back to enjoying their lives pain free. Thanks again for the five-star review. Sincerely, Spine Institute of Central Florida
in Lakeland, Florida |
The Doctors and staff at the Spine Institute of Central Florida have all been great. They answer my questions, they are extra nice, extra considerate. Now I have A lot less pain when walking & bending. I feel better about myself because i can get around and do more. I'd recommend friends and family to SICF, actually I'd drive them there if I had to!! Eddie Wilson
Thanks so much for the awesome feedback! We are thrilled anytime someone wants to recommend their family and friends to the Spine Institute of Central Florida! We are always striving to be our best so our patients can be their best selves. Thanks so much for the five-star review! Sincerely, Spine Institute of Central Florida
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I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t sleep or turn and I came to Spine Institute of Central Florida and he told you exactly what to expect. Dr. Okafor will take all the time that is needed to explain everything, believe me. He tells you the bad things that could happen and the good things that could happen. He did the operation on me and it’s the best thing he’s ever done in my life. He did a good job and I have recommended him to two or three people already.
Thanks so much for taking the time to write such an awesome review! Our providers at the Spine Institute of Central Florida always make sure to take as much time with their patients so to explain their individualized treatment plan that will put them on the road to feeling great again! Thanks again for the positive feedback. Sincerely, Spine Institute of Central Florida
I had spinal surgery with Dr. Okafor. Dr. Okafor is very pleasant doctor to work with and is very compassionate. He explains everything very thoroughly before you make any steps. I have already recommended him to two people in my family and to three of my best friends. I think he is the best around.
Thanks for the positive and thoughtful review! At the Spine Institute of Central Florida our providers take great care to make sure their patients understand and are comfortable with any procedures they undergo. It means the world to us when anyone refers us to their family and friends! Thanks for taking the time to share this five-star review! Sincerely, Spine Institute of Central Florida
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We drove 750 miles from Northeast Mississippi to see Dr. O. I came to see him for my back pain and my leg pain. My right leg has been bothering me again, for about 6-8months. He put an injection in it and as of now it doesn’t hurt. That’s a great thing. I plan to follow up to see if he can totally correct it so I never have any pain anymore. I have been to a lot of doctors in Memphis Tennessee, Nashville Tennessee, Jackson Mississippi. They don’t seem to care as much. This is the first time I ha
At the Spine Institute of Central Florida we strive to provide unparalleled and individualized care to all of our patients, so we are thrilled to read this review about our providers. Thanks so much for taking the time to write this. Our providers truly care for their patients as they are their top priority. Thanks again for the awesome, five-star review! Sincerely, Spine Institute of Central Florida
in Mountain View, CA |
I want to tell everybody about Dr. Okafor. He is a great doctor, is wonderful and has good bedside manner. He has taken care of my pain; I currently don’t have any pain. He did surgery one night and the next morning I woke up without any pain and I haven’t had any since surgery. It has been 3 months since surgery and I am doing great with my brace and my walker. He has done a lot of wonderful things for me and I just praise him. He is great.
Thanks so much for this incredible review. At the Spine Institute of Central Florida our patients mean the world to us. Dr. Okafor always ensures to provide each patient with care and compassion so they can get on the road to being pain free! Thanks again for taking the time to write this five-star review. Sincerely, Spine Institute of Central Florida
in Tampa, FL |
Staff and doctors are wonderful. I would highly recommend them.
Thanks so much for the five-star review and the recommendation! At the Spine Institute of Central Florida we are here to help our patients get back to living their best lives! Sincerely, Spine Institute of Central Florida
in Tampa, FL |
Surgery with Dr. Okafor fixed me up better than new.
Thanks so much for the five-star review. At the Spine Institute of Central Florida we don't only strive to help our patients feel good but better than before! Thanks again for the positive feedback! Sincerely, Spine Institute of Central Florida
in Lakeland, FL |
Dr. Okafor seems to be a fine surgeon. I only saw him once a few days before my surgery and never again. I guess that's fine. His PAs seem thorough. The issue is office and administrative staff. They overbook and accept more patients than their practice can handle. Office visit wait time is OUTRAGEOUS. I have waited hours on numerous occasions. Recently, I had a 10 AM appointment and left at exactly 2 PM. Can't recommend. They needlessly waste too much of my time!
Thanks so much for this helpful review. At the Spine Institute of Central Florida we are always striving for improvement. We know the wait times can be long and we are currently working on strategies to cut down wait time so we can help our patients as quickly as possible. Our providers make sure to spend as much time as possible with each patient so they can determine what individualized treatment plan the patient needs and this can sometimes take time. We appreciate your feedback so much!
in St Petersburg, FL |
I had seen other doctors before seeing Dr. Okafor and they were unable to give me any results. I was having so much trouble just getting around or putting my socks and shoes on. I was having numbness from the waist down and couldn’t feel my toes. I developed an emergency spinal condition diagnosed as Cauda Equina Syndrome. I had treated with lots of other spine specialists who did not help me, when things got so severe, I went to Dr. Okafor. I also had shooting pains all the way from my back th
Thanks so much for this inspiring review! At the Spine Institute of Central Florida we are always thrilled to hear about success stories. Our providers always make sure to spend time with their patients so they can properly diagnose them and then move on to an individualized treatment plan. We appreciate the feedback and recommendation so much! Sincerely, Spine Institute of Central Florida
in Mountain View, CA |
I used to be in continuous pain all the time. I tried both therapy and injections. After visiting Spine Institute of Central Florida I am in a lot less pain than before and continue to much better every day. I was given light duty for work, but I never stopped working. Spine Institute of Central Florida is the only place I have gone that provided me with relief and I don’t plan to go anywhere else. The staff is great. They give me great treatment here, and love that they have refreshments avai
Thanks so much for this awesome review! At the Spine Institute of Central Florida our patients mean the world to us so to hear success stories where we helped someone live their life pain free is thrilling! Thanks again for taking the time to write this review. Feedback is so important to us and encourages us to continue providing world-class care. Sincerely, Spine Institute of Central Florida
in Winter Haven FL |
Great first rate DR's. The scheduling for his practice is sadly atrocious! If you don't have an entire day to set aside, best you go elsewhere. You can plan on waiting anywhere in the neighborhood of an hour to 3 hours past your appointment time every time. It's sad to really because the doctor's are really great.
in Plant City, FL |
If it was not for the efforts of Dr. Okafor & his team I might not be speaking & may not have the ability to walk. Three weeks ago today I fell out of a moving vehicle & severely injured my spine & could not walk. Following complex surgery performed by Dr. Okafor for my unstable broken back the horrific back pain went away & I was able to walk out of the hospital. The man is extremely talented. I knew from the moment I met him when I got hurt that day, he is a very intelligent & confident man.
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My pain was pretty severe when I first came. I brought an MRI and I knew what the problem was because I worked with medical research for 14 years. As far as the procedures that they used, my pain is just about all disappeared. I was told before that it wouldn't be this way, that I wouldn’t have relief, but it is. But somebody knew what they were doing here. I have one more injection and the pain is almost all gone. They have been so considerate. Some places I go, for the senior adult, they trea
Thanks so much for this five-star review! At the Spine Institute of Central Florida our patients are our top priority. It means the world to us when we hear about success stories. We are here to not only relieve pain but get rid of it all together so our patients can get back to living their best lives, pain free. Thanks again for the positive feedback!
in Haines City |
I want to express my gratitude to you for operating on my lower back and giving me the relief I have been praying for, for many years. Thank you and God Bless you!
Thanks so much for this positive and sweet review. It is our goal at the Spine Institute of Central Florida to bring our patients the relief they deserve. We appreciate the feedback so much!
in St Petersburg, FL |
I obtained my spine fractures in 2015 when I had my very first severe seizure and I fractured about 7 vertebrae in my back, some were unstable fractures. I was not even able to move in bed, could not walk, and was in horrific pain. I met Dr. Okafor who was not even on call, but given the severity of my injuries, he was called in and he agreed to help with my severe case. He performed an extensive surgery all throughout my spine. After two separate staged surgeries, Dr. Okafor, who is an incredib
Thanks so much for this incredible, five-star review. Our providers at the Spine Institute of Central Florida will always make sure to be there when a patient in pain needs them. We are always striving to not only give our patients relief from pain but make them feel better than before. We appreciate the positive feedback so much!
in Lakeland, FL |
Just two weeks ago, Dr. Okafor did this major surgery with minimally invasive techniques and I am barely taking any pain medication and I am now ready to get back to work. As a 63-year-old working with heavy machinery this is great for me. My horrific leg pain before surgery is gone, and my back pain is minimal and may still be from my surgery healing. Thanks to Dr. Okafor and his minimally invasive spine surgery I should be back to work on Monday. Daniel
Thanks so much for the amazing feedback! At the Spine Institute of Central Florida we are always thrilled to hear success stories. Dr. Okafor along with our other providers make sure to take the time they need with their patients to give them the care they deserve. Thanks so much for taking the time to write this five-star review!
Lakeland, FL |
This man should be ashamed to have an office his staff lies they are absolutely ridiculously slow wait time is hours not just one or two but 3 or 4 just to get in no handicap access at all you get stuck in bathroom if you cant walk people are in pain sitting for hours 5 people left walked out and didn't even see anyone as a surgeon you would think they would understand back pain nope they dont care just ask you should be ashamed
Thank you so much for the review. At the Spine Institute of Central Florida we take feedback very seriously and are always striving for improvement. Our providers make sure to take great care with their patients so they can understand their symptoms and get them on a treatment plan that will work for them. This will sometimes take time which results in longer wait times for other patients. If there is anything we can do that will make your wait time more comfortable please let us know.
in Mulberry, FL |
Dr. Okafor performed a procecure on my neck! He took the time to explain the procedure. He made sure that I understood the risks! I would highly recommend Dr Okafor for you spinal needs?
Thanks so much for the five-star review! It means the world to us when anyone recommends the Spine Institute of Central Florida to their family and friends. We appreciate the feedback so much!
Winter Haven, FL |
Dr. Okafor is an absolutely amazing physician. He made sure that I understood every aspect of my injuries and all my possible treatment options; I didn't have any questions left unanswered. He takes his time to explain each and every detail and gives examples so you can understand what each medical term mean. I highly recommend Dr. Okafor and the Spine Institute of Central Florida.
Thanks so much for this wonderful review! Our providers at the Spine Institute of Central Florida are constantly striving to provide the best care for their patients. Dr. Okafor and our other providers will spend as much time as possible with patients to ensure they understand everything about their injuries and treatment plans. We really appreciate the review and recommendation!
Lakeland, FL |
Dr. Okafor is a great physician! He cast my hand/wrist a week ago and explained everything to me so I understood what was going on. This is the first time I've ever broken a bone and I didn't really know what to expect. He's caring and extremely knowledgeable. If my friends or family needed a spine surgeon, he'd be my first recommendation.
Thanks so much for this awesome, five-star review! At the Spine Institute of Central Florida we take all feedback to heart. Dr. Okafor, along with our other providers, will spend all the time a patient needs to help them understand their treatment plan every step of the way. We appreciate the positive feedback so much and are always striving for improvement!
Lakeland, FL |
I saw dr. okafor when I was in the hospital. I was in so much pain I couldn't do anything I couldn't stand up I couldn't walk. i was realy nervous about surgery but dr okafor explained everything now im walking again. i like doing physical things and being outside with my family. i get to do the things i enjoy again.
Thanks so much for taking the time to write this incredible review. At the Spine Institute of Central Florida we are always thrilled to hear success stories. It is our top priority to not only help our patients gain relief from their pain but for them to get back to feeling better than before. Thanks again for the awesome feedback!
Winter Haven |
Very disheartening. Poor listener who dismisses ones pain if not by the textbook. He needs to dismount his horse of pride and listen to his patients. Not all injuries are discussed in a textbook nor has he treated every condition. We are unique individuals and Workman Compensation should not be the driving force as to what is best for each client. The healing of the patient through proper care by a doctor who is patient and determined to provide the best care for the best outcome of all patients
Thanks so much for this review. At the Spine Institute of Central Florida we take feedback extremely seriously. Our providers always make sure to treat their patients with care and compassion. They spend as much time with patients as possible to diagnose their symptoms, start them on an individualized treatment plan and get them on the road to being pain free. We are sorry to hear of any negative experience at our facility. Thanks again for this helpful feedback.
Muncie, IN |
before surgery I could only walk for a short distance before I had to rest. I couldn't vacuum for more than 10 minutes before I had to stop. It was all very frustrating. Shopping was the same it was a chore. Anything that involved me being on my feet was extremely difficult. There was such burning, searing pain that was unbearable. Since the surgery, I haven't had any pain. Now, I can shop and vacuum. I dont have to constantly look for places to rest.
At the Spine Institute of Central Florida we are so thankful for this review and are always thrilled to hear of any success stories. It is incredible what our providers can do for their patients! Thanks so much for taking the time to share this positive feedback.
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  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
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  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stroke
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger

Education

  • Medical School
    Boston University School of Medicine

    Graduated in 2004

  • Internship Hospital
    Thomas Jefferson University Program

    Completed in 2005

  • Residency Hospital
    Thomas Jefferson University Program

    Completed in 2009

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Florida Orthopaedic Institute

    Completed in 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Igbo

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Arm Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Injection
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neurostimulation
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection