Dr. Michael Rimlawi, DO

Dr. Michael Rimlawi, DO

Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 46
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Dr. Michael Rimlawi, DO is a minimally invasive orthopedic spine surgery doctor who practices in Dallas, TX. He is 46 years old and has been practicing for 20 years.Read his story

10400 N Central Expy

Dallas, TX 75231

Contact Information

(972) 884-4400

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
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Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
more than 68% of peers
Chronic Neck Pain
more than 59% of peers
Spine Disorders
more than 46% of peers

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Dr. Rimlawi's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Rimlawi "Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon Dr. Michael Rimlawi is Director and Founder of the MISI team. He is a board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeon who completed unique training in both orthopedic-spine and neurosurgery-spine at the renowned University of California San Diego. Dr. Michael Rimlawi treats all aspects of spinal disease including degenerative and traumatic conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. More than just a back doctor, he is a leader in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery and a pioneer in endoscopic laser spine surgery. Dr. Rimlawi prides himself on a personal approach to patient care. In recognition of his devotion to patients, Dr. Rimlawi has been honored with numerous awards and accolades including the Patient's Choice Award for three consecutive years! Last year, America Top 10 also deemed him one of the "Top Orthopedic Surgeons" in Dallas. Key to this is deciding which patients would benefit most from surgery, when other conservative therapies have failed. Dr. Michael Rimlawi utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures to determine the precise location of pain, facilitating the least invasive surgery possible and minimizing postoperative pain and recovery time. Last year, his commitment to patient care won him the prestigious Health Heroes Award. In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Rimlawi is involved in ongoing research that aims to improve minimally invasive surgical techniques and devices. He was the first surgeon in America to perform the Globus Minimally Invasive XLIF procedure and the first in the country to perform a Minimally Invasive Lumbar fusion using STORKS endoscopic camera system. Dr. Rimlawi was also the first surgeon in Texas to perform the newest micro-endoscopic spine surgery. This new technique involves an incision less than a quarter of the size of even standard minimally invasive spine surgeries. No general anesthetic or stitches are needed. Patients go home one hour after the procedure with a simple Band-Aid®. He regularly performs minimally invasive fusion procedures and even treats complex scoliosis surgeries with minimally invasive techniques. As an active member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeons, Dr. Rimlawi regularly trains other spine surgeons around the world on the newest minimally invasive techniques. He is also a member of The North American Spine Society and the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS). Dr. Rimlawi is a scientific advisor to numerous international spine technology companies and regularly appears as a consulting spine expert for NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, Health of the Nation with Dr. Mitchell Brooks and 105.3 FM The Fan."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Rimlawi "Ultimately, Dr. Rimlawi's practice is defined by over a decade of experience, honesty and skill. As a result of his prestigious surgical training, his expertise with technological advances in minimally invasive spine surgery, and most importantly, his tireless commitment to patients and their families, Dr. Michael Rimlawi has become a leader in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery."


  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Neck Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Neck
  • Back Pain
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Disc Disorders
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture


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  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgery (ALIF)
  • Arthroscopic Spine Surgery
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Deformity Correction
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • Endoscopic Spinal Surgery
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Lower Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Internal Fixation
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Vertebroplasty
  • XLIF® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) Procedure


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

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

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • New York College Of Osteopathic Medicine, New York Institute Of Technology
    Medical School | Graduated 1998
  • University Of California San Diego Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Rimlawi has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Rimlawi's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Rimlawi to family and friends
based on 31 total reviews (12 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (31)

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Dr. Rimlawi's Performance

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Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (12)

in Waco, Texas |
If you are looking for a physician/surgeon for your back pain, Dr. Rimlawi and the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, is the place to go! I have NEVER in my life, had a doctor treat me with such compassion and understanding!! I have never been through anything like this, and Dr. Rimlawi answered...more
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in Frisco |
Dr. Rimlawi and his assistant Andrea are both a real pleasure to have. I had a disk replaced and fused L4/L5 together, procedure went as planned and I have been pain free for a year now. I am so glad that I had the procedure done. Just 2 tiny incisions and followed Dr. orders to a tee. I can't...more
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in Thackerville |
Dr. Rimlawi is AMAZING! His assistant Andrea is too! They are so nice and so are the staff! They were the first Dr's to set down and explain my issues and plan in detail so that I completely understood what was going on. Dr. Rimlawi found something that another spine surgeon and radiologist missed...more
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in Richardson, TX |
Dr. Rimlawi is unbelievable. I suffered for 7 weeks with a ruptured disk and was barely able to walk. With less than an hour of surgery and a very small incision, Dr. Rimlawi had me walking without a cane within an hour of surgery. 4 weeks later, I have zero pain and have resumed my life...more
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in Midlothian, TX |
I'm two weeks past surgery for a 2 level fusion in my neck (C5, C6, C7), and the pain in my arm and shoulder has been gone since the day of surgery. Dr. Rimlawi and Andrea Smith, the Nurse Practitioner, have been deeply engaged, informative, educational, and concerned since my initial appointment....more
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Rimlawi accepts 12 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice PPO
    Worker's Compensation WC
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield
    Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
    Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
    Federal Employee Program
    Worker's Compensation WC
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas POS
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO
    BlueEdge HSA
  • Cigna
    Cigna POS
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • HealthSmart
    HealthSmart POS
    HealthSmart PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Preferred PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare
  • Worker's Compensation
    Worker's Compensation WC

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