Washington 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, including:
- 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 activities.
Techniques and Technology
Our physicians specialize in the latest minimally invasive treatment options, including:
- 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.
Other Services at Washington
As part of the Washington Hospital Healthcare System, the Minimally Invasive Spine Program offers patients streamlined access to related programs and services that provide high quality care, education and support, including:
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
Visit www.gammaknifeprogram.com for more information, to schedule an appointment or to ask questions.