Mark Valente, D.O.
|Location||2000 S. Ben Merritt Drive, Ste B, Decatur, TX 76324|
Dr. Mark Valente is a fellowship trained spine surgeon. He specializes in minimally invasive procedures to reduce tissue and muscle damage, allowing patients to recover quickly and return to their active, pain-free lifestyles. He has extensive knowledge of and experience in performing the most technologically advanced techniques and procedures currently available. This training includes time spent at several specialty centers around the country including the University of California in San Diego, Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan, Botsford Hospital – Michigan State University, the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Dr. Valente believes in the human body’s ability to heal itself. Every attempt is made to help his patients regain a healthy, happy, and fully functional lifestyle without surgery. He utilizes a variety of treatment modalities such as anti-inflammatory medications, analgesics, physical therapy, aquatic therapy, massage, ultrasound, injection therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care when appropriate. Only when a patient has been unable to alleviate symptoms with non-surgical treatments is surgery considered as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
He performs all aspects of spinal surgery (cervical, thoracic and lumbar), including minimally invasive procedures for herniated discs, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, compression fractures, trauma and degenerative disc disease. He also performs complex spinal reconstruction and deformity surgeries, including scoliosis and revision surgery for patients who have undergone previous spinal surgery without success.
Dr. Valente has extensively lectured, as well as researched and presented his findings, to physicians and surgeons nationally and internationally. He has also been published in textbooks and written research protocols in the area of minimally invasive spine surgery. His research in this regard has been recognized as the “Most Outstanding Study” by his training institution. In addition, Dr. Valente has held academic appointments as Clinical Instructor at both Michigan State University and the University of California.
As a board eligible spine surgeon, Dr. Valente ranked no. 3 in the country among all orthopedic surgeons sitting for the oral board examination. His extensive experience, research and related contributions in the area of minimally invasive spine surgery have all contributed to his success as one of the most highly trained surgeons in his field.
Well liked by his colleagues, peers and patients, Dr. Valente is often recognized for his ability to communicate with his patients and for his bedside manner. He believes in treating his patients with the attention and respect that every person deserves.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Valente’s passion is for his family and world travel. He has journeyed to over 40 countries—including Guatemala, where he participated in a medical mission. He also enjoys reading, golf, hockey and water skiing.