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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 areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. He is especially interested in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Eastlack has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Dr. Eastlack is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Paul Kim is a spine surgeon and orthopedist in San Diego, CA and Poway, CA. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim takes. In addition to English, Dr. Kim speaks Korean. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Kim is open to new patients.

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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 specialties are hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Hamer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Hamer attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut for residency.

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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 is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in San Diego, CA, Poway, CA, and La Jolla, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in orthopedic surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Raiszadeh completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is conversant in Persian. Dr. Raiszadeh is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. 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 is a medical specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Tantuwaya is in-network for Health Net, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. 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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