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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's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Eastlack average 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Eastlack include orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Eastlack takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Eastlack trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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Clinical interests: Tumor, Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hamer include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Hamer's professional affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut for residency. Dr. Hamer honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in San Diego, CA, Poway, CA, and La Jolla, CA. In Dr. Raiszadeh's practice, he is particularly interested in orthopedic surgery. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is conversant in Persian. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Raiszadeh welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

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 orthopedic surgeon in San Diego, CA and Poway, CA. He is conversant in Korean. Dr. Kim is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He 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 takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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's specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His education and training includes medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and residency 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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