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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, who practices in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Eastlack's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Eastlack include orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Eastlack is accepting new patients. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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

Dr. Paul Kim practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in San Diego, CA and Poway, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim honors. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Kim speaks Korean. Dr. Kim is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems

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. His areas of expertise include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Hamer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Clinic Mission Valley, Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, and Scripps Green Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Hamer completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut.

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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 orthopedist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Raiszadeh include orthopedic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He speaks Persian. Dr. Raiszadeh is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is accepting new patients.

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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 spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist. He studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Tantuwaya completed residency programs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Medical University of South Carolina. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. 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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