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Spine Program

2500 Mowry Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538
Tel: 510.818.1160

The Spine Program at Washington Hospital Healthcare System, a part of the Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience Institute, provides exceptional, high-quality treatments for a broad range of spinal conditions. We specialize in reconstructive spinal surgery. Our team of physician experts uses the latest research and techniques to give patients the best possible outcomes while making treatment and recovery faster and easier. This includes minimally invasive procedures, ensuring patients receive the highest standard of care.

Under the direction of accomplished neurosurgeon, Sandeep Kunwar, MD, 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.

Excellence in Spine Surgery at WHHS

WHHS proudly earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification in Spine Surgery, a distinction held by only 20 hospitals across the country. This prestigious certification is based on our commitment to safe, high-quality patient care. (2023-2025)

Read more about this distinction.

Conditions We Treat

Our program offers patients relief from a number of spinal conditions, including:

  • Acute Low Back Pain
  • Chronic Low Back Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spondylosis and Spondylolisthesis
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Fractures
  • Spinal Tumors

Better Results

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 - Minimally invasive & Complex reconstruction
  • Motion sparing procedures
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Interlaminar decompression/laminotomy
  • Microdiscectomy

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. Virginia 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

Spine Universe

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