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We found 4 spine surgeons near Poway, CA.

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

Dr. Robert Eastlack works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. 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 has indicated that his clinical interests include musculoskeletal surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Eastlack average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Eastlack honors Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 practices hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Hamer completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. His clinical interests include musculoskeletal surgery. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. Dr. Hamer is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal 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 his practice, he is particularly interested in musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Raiszadeh is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Raiszadeh honors. He has an open panel. Dr. Raiszadeh attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is conversant in Persian.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Surgery

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

Dr. Paul Kim specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in San Diego, CA and Poway, CA. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Kim studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Kim speaks Korean. He 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, Musculoskeletal Surgery

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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.