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Dr. Robert Kenneth Eastlack, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
15004 Innovation Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Robert Eastlack practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Eastlack is especially interested in orthopedic surgery. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Eastlack is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Eastlack welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Paul Dohyung Kim, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
15611 Pomerado Road; Suite 505
Poway, CA
 

Dr. Paul Kim works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. He speaks Korean. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Kim obtained his medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Kim has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Merlin Jake Hamer, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
15004 Innovation Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Merlin Hamer's medical specialty is hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. His professional affiliations include Scripps Clinic Mission Valley, Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Hamer graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Hamer completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Dr. Hamer is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Problems

Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
15611 Pomerado Road; Suite 505
Poway, CA
 

Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh, who practices in San Diego, CA, Poway, CA, and La Jolla, CA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Raiszadeh speaks Persian. His clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Raiszadeh attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
12630 Monte Vista Road; Suite 105
Poway, CA
 

Dr. Vrijesh Tantuwaya specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Tantuwaya completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to English, Dr. Tantuwaya (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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What is Spine Surgery?

Spinal surgery is the subspecialty that uses surgery to restore the normal function of the spine when things go wrong due to trauma, disease, or other disorders. There are many ways that the spine can begin to hurt or lose the ability to move properly, and surgery is not always necessary. However, when surgery is needed, there’s no one more qualified for the job than a spine surgeon.

Spinal surgery can be considered a subspecialty of either orthopedics or neurosurgery. That means that a spine surgeon may take either path to this specific career, training first as either an orthopedist or a neurosurgeon. Orthopedics deals mainly with the structural issues of the back and spine: the bones, muscles, and joints. Neurosurgery deals mainly with issues of the brain, nerves, and spinal cord. So when choosing a spine surgeon, it is sometimes possible that your surgeon’s background will have a bearing on your particular diagnosis. However, in most cases, it doesn’t matter. Either an orthopedist-spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon-spine surgeon can handle the majority of spine surgeries. What is more important is that some spine surgeons specialize in specific areas of the spine, such as lumbar surgery or cervical surgery. In that case, it is important to connect with a surgeon who is experienced with your particular need.

Some of the surgeries performed on the spine include:
  • Correction of spinal deformities, such as scoliosis
  • Spinal fusion
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery, including decompression surgeries such as discectomy and laminectomy
  • Balloon kyphoplasty, a procedure done to repair compression fractures in vertebrae

The spine is a very complicated piece of your body’s machinery, and a very necessary part of your movement and function. It holds you up and allows you to move. Having a working spine is important, and having a skilled surgeon when you need spinal surgery is critical.
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