Minimally Invasive Spine Program
2500 Mowry Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538
Tel: (510) 745-6480
Toll Free: (888) PERFEXION (737-3394)
The Minimally Invasive Spine Program at Washington Hospital, part of the
Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience Institute, offers high quality, effective
treatment for patients with a wide variety of spinal conditions. We specialize
in reconstructive spinal surgery. Our team of physician experts uses minimally
invasive techniques to give patients the best possible outcomes while
making treatment and recovery faster and easier.
Under the direction of accomplished neurosurgeon,
Desmond Erasmus, M.D., our program offers world-class care in a highly accessible, local setting.
We bring together a specialized team of spine experts, skilled nursing
professionals and other health care professionals to successfully manage
the entire diagnostic, treatment and recovery process.
Conditions We Treat
Our program offers patients relief from a number of spinal conditions,
- Acute Low Back Pain
- Chronic Low Back Pain
- Spondylosis and Spondylolisthesis
- Cervical Herniated Disc
- Lumbar Herniated Disc
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
- Spine Fractures
- Spinal Tumors
Back and spine-related disorders can be debilitating and potentially incapacitating.
It is estimated that 70 to 85 percent of all people will suffer from back
pain during their lives and some will require surgery to gain relief from
pain and improve their quality of life. To better treat back and spinal
conditions, our neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons collaborate to provide
patients with a comprehensive array of treatment options using the latest
techniques and state-of-the-art technology.
Our program's experienced team of professionals works with patients
every step of the way, from pre-op classes with specially trained physical
and occupational therapists to detailed follow-up after surgery.
Besides experiencing improved quality of life after surgery, patients benefit
from the most effective, least invasive treatment possible. They spend
less time in the hospital and are able to return quickly to their normal
Techniques and Technology
Our physicians specialize in the latest minimally invasive treatment options,
- Spinal fusion
- Motion sparing procedures
- Artificial disc replacement
Spine Surgery Patients Benefit From New Surgical Suite
Patients like Steve Roach and Virgina Phy came to Washington Hospital so
they could be treated by a Washington Hospital neurosurgeon who specializes
in spine surgery, and take advantage of the latest technology.
Steve Roach was working at his job in shipping and receiving 10 years
ago when he injured his back picking up a box. That started a long, painful
journey that resulted in five back surgeries. The pain was so debilitating,
he has been unable to work since it happened. But now the Willits resident
is back on his feet again thanks to the spine surgery he underwent in
the new surgical suite at Washington Hospital.
Virginia Phy had been physically active most of her life, enjoying outdoor
adventures like river rafting and zip lining. But in her mid 60s, she
started to have trouble walking due to pain in her back and leg. A few
years ago she had a laminectomy, which removes bone that protrudes from
the vertebrae, as well as a fusion. That solved the problem, but eventually
put stress on the vertebrae above and below it. In December 2012, she
had another laminectomy and fusion in Washington Hospital's new state-of-the-art
operating room. Because her bone is very narrow in diameter, the imaging
guidance system was essential in placing the screws. Phy was back to work
in just four weeks.
Read more about their stories:
Spine Surgery Patients Benefit From New Surgical Suite.
More Information for Patients and Families
Informed patients are able to make better decisions about their own health
care. The following links give you access to more information about spine
health and related conditions:
North American Spine Society
www.gammaknifeprogram.com for more information, to schedule an appointment or to ask questions.