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Robert K Eastlack MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 4.12 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
15004 Innovation Drive
San Diego, CA

Dr. Robert Eastlack specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Eastlack average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Eastlack has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: 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 orthopedist in San Diego, CA and Poway, CA. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University, Dr. Kim attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He speaks Korean. Dr. Kim is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Merlin Hamer is a hand surgeon, spine surgeon, and orthopedist in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. Dr. Hamer's clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with Scripps Clinic Mission Valley, Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, and Scripps Green Hospital. He 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. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Orthopedic Surgery

Dr Ramin Raiszadeh MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
15611 Pomerado Road; Suite 505
Poway, CA

Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in San Diego, CA, Poway, CA, and La Jolla, CA. Dr. Raiszadeh is conversant in Persian. Clinical interests for Dr. Raiszadeh include orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Raiszadeh attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Orthopedic Surgery

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
12630 Monte Vista Road; Suite 105
Poway, CA

Dr. Vrijesh Tantuwaya specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. He is an in-network provider for Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Tantuwaya (or staff) is conversant in 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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