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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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Areas of expertise for Dr. Eastlack include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Eastlack's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He 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. Dr. Eastlack's practice is open to new patients.

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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 sees patients in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. His medical specialties are hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Hamer is professionally affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. 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: 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 specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Raiszadeh is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Persian. Dr. Raiszadeh is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He welcomes new patients.

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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 is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Kim graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. He speaks Korean. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is accepting new patients.

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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.
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