Dr. Chukwuka Okafor, MD

Dr. Chukwuka Okafor, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 40
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Lakeland, FL and has been practicing for 8 years. He graduated from Boston University School Of Medicine in 2004 and specializes in orthopedic surgery.Read his story

5050 S Florida Ave

Lakeland, FL 33813

Contact Information

(863) 688-3030

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
  • Humana
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Top Care Areas

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Low Back Pain
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more than 98% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 98% of peers
Chronic Neck Pain
very high
more than 97% of peers

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Dr. Okafor's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Okafor "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 is a board certified and fellowship trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon. He received specialized 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. Dr. Okafor is also an expert in the treatment of Spine trauma, spine tumor reconstruction, all types of degenerative spine disorders, failed back surgery, and failed neck surgeries. He performs complex revision spine surgeries that other surgeons are not comfortable operating on. Dr. Okafor performs all types of minimally invasive spine surgery. He has more training in minimally invasive spine surgery than most spine surgeons in the United States. Dr. Okafor performs epidural steroid injections. He also performs Spinal Stimulator placements both percutaneously and the more effective dorsal column transverse tripolar or 5-column Penta paddle lead placements. He also places intrathecal pain pumps to a very select patient population with certain ailments causing axial back pain. Dr. Okafor is an award winning teacher of new Surgeons and future Surgeons. In addition to the numerous awards he's received for his presentations and teaching, he was awarded the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Medical Student Education Award, which is awarded by vote of all senior medical students to the Resident Physician who made the greatest contribution to their education. Dr. Okafor is active in research and has published very extensively. He has presented his work all around the country. He has authored numerous textbook chapters in Spine Surgery, and published numerous articles in peer-reviewed Spine Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery journals. He continues to give lectures and publish articles relating to disorders of the Spine. Dr. Okafor is Board Certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME). As a Certified Independent Medical Examiner, he is highly trained to provide the highest quality independent medical examinations and case reviews. ABIME certification represents the pinnacle of professional competency and integrity. Certification through American Board of Independent Medical Examiners is a prestigious distinction which sets apart Physicians as internationally recognized medical examiners."
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1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

88  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • 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
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • 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
  • Heel Spur
  • 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 Muscle Strain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • 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
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Still's Disease
  • Stroke
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
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44  Procedures

  • 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 and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • 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 and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture 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
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

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  • Boston University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2004
  • Thomas Jefferson University Program
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Thomas Jefferson University Program
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Florida Orthopaedic Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2010

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Okafor has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Igbo

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Dr. Okafor's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Okafor to family and friends
60 total reviews (27 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (60)

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Dr. Okafor's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (27)

I do not recommend Dr.Okafor or his office unless you don't mind waiting a very long time to be seen.I have to wait 2 to 3 hours for a simple office vist.The staff don't seem to care that the patients are here because of pain and you have to sit and wait which cause you to be in more pain.
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I am satisfied with the treatment that I have received at Spine Institute of Central Florida. The pain that I was experiencing in the back of my neck, left shoulder and left forearm was gone immediately after my surgery. This pain at times was so severe I could not concentrate.
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I had a back problem in my lower back, it was aggravating my spinal cord and the pain went down my leg. Injections didn’t work for me and after getting the MRI done it showed I really had a mess going on. I am very pleased and I have no pain and this is four months after surgery. I appreciate...more
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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...more
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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

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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...more
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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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