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Comprehensive Spine Program

When you are suffering from back pain, whether from a fall, lifting something too heavy or age-related changes, you want both relief and the best treatment available.

Our team of specialists — including neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons and neurologists — combines world-class expertise to ease your pain and improve your quality of life.

Surgeons with the UC Irvine Health Comprehensive Spine Program performed the West Coast’s first robot-assisted spine surgery. Our specialists are recognized as the leaders in complex spine procedures, including surgery for scoliosis and cervical spine problems. They are skilled at performing the least invasive surgeries, which can mean a shorter hospital stay and faster, less painful recovery for you.

To make an appointment, call 714-456-7012 for Orthopaedics or 714-456-6966 for Neurosurgery.

When you come to UC Irvine Health for back pain and spine problems, you receive some of the very best care in the world. Here’s why:

Pioneering spine surgery

The first West Coast robot-assisted spinal surgery was performed by UC Irvine Health spine specialists. Our surgeons teach other surgeons around the world the techniques they have perfected.

Our robotic guidance system enables us to perform any spine surgery, no matter how complex, with greater accuracy, less pain and less radiation. Our patients also experience faster recoveries.

The system includes a computerized work station that allows us to use highly sophisticated imaging of a patient’s spine and customize a surgical plan tailored to each patient’s anatomy, then plot precisely—to within one millimeter, or 1/25th of an inch—the location to make incisions and place implants. The surgeon then uses the robotic guidance arm to carry out the pre-operation plan.

World-class expertise

UC Irvine Health spine specialists are routinely selected to teach their colleagues around the world on the state-of-the-art treatments they have developed and perfected. They also share their research and knowledge in books and industry publications.

What all of this means is the best care for you, grounded in the latest research and cutting-edge technology.

We diagnose and treat all conditions affecting the spine, including:
  •  Adult and pediatric deformities
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Degenerative disc disease 
  • Herniated discs
  • Neck pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spine trauma
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
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Our patients benefit from the close collaboration of the area's most skilled spinal surgery experts. Our team members include:

Neurosurgical spine surgeons

Our neurosurgeons have advanced training and experience in all types of spine and spinal cord tumor surgeries. They are experts in advanced microsurgery, image-guided surgery and more.

Our neurosurgeons are:


Orthopaedic spine surgeons

Our orthopaedic surgeons have been repeatedly recognized by their peers for their excellence and innovative approach to the care and treatment of the musculoskeletal system. They are pioneers in spinal surgery, performing the West Coast’s first robot-assisted spine surgery, using the innovative SpineAssist® surgery system. 

Our orthopaedic surgeons are:

Interventional neuroradiologists

Our collaborative radiology team uses the most advanced imaging and diagnostic technology to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the spine. Surgeons rely on radiologists to guide them through complex procedures.

Our interventional neuroradiologists are:

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