Spine Care Center at West Hills Hospital

Spine doctors, who can be orthopedists or neurosurgeons, diagnose and treat problems linked to your spine. They can help with neck and back pain as well as injuries, trauma and diseases related to the spine. You may need to see a spine specialist if you have a herniated disk, nerve damage, sciatica or chronic back pain.

When you have back pain from spinal stenosis or other condition, you want a team of back doctors working together to pinpoint the cause and recommend safe and effective treatment. West Hills Hospital offers the most innovative nonsurgical and surgical care for back pain - including minimally invasive, robotic-assisted techniques.

Our team includes trained spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, pain management specialists, and primary care physicians who work together to provide whole-patient care.

Comprehensive spine, neck and back care in West Hills, California

If you have neck or back pain, you are not alone. Back pain is the second-leading reason someone will see his or her doctor. Sometimes, the pain can be alleviated through simple treatment, but other times neck or back pain can become a persistent problem.

Our team can help you determine what level of treatment will ease your back or neck pain, whether it's conservative therapies or surgery. We will fully discuss your options for managing pain and help you decide what treatment is most appropriate for you.

West Hills Hospital spine specialists have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a variety of spine conditions, including:

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spine pain and tumors
  • Neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spinal infections
  • Low back pain
  • Vertebral compression fractures
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Spinal deformities, such as scoliosis

Back pain

Lower back pain is often described as a dull, continuous pain and muscle tenderness along the spine and lower back. Although low back pain can greatly restrict your mobility, 90 percent of people with low back pain improve with conservative home treatment and without the need for surgery.

Low back pain can happen after activities such as lifting a heavy object, making a sudden movement or experiencing an injury or accident.

When back pain occurs there is usually an underlying cause. Some of these include:

  • A ruptured disc
  • Tiny fractures in the spine caused by osteoporosis
  • Degeneration of the spinal discs
  • Muscle strain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis and kyphosis
  • Spasms of the supporting muscles in the back
  • Kidney stones
  • Bladder infections

There are many activities you can do that will prevent low back pain, but one of the most important steps is to learn how to bend and lift properly. Losing weight, quitting smoking and stress reduction all contribute to preventing or reducing back pain. If your back pain is not relieved by non-surgical treatments, surgery may be recommended.

Surgical Spine Procedures

Our orthopedic spine and neurosurgical specialists treat a wide range of conditions. Our physicians specialize in:

  • Robotic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Laminectomy
  • Discectomy
  • Fusion - Robotic and traditional
  • Artificial Disc Replacement

What is Artificial Disc Replacement?

Artificial Disc Replacement is a new surgical technique that replaces damaged, herniated or painful discs with an artificial disc. It is an alternative treatment option to spinal fusion, as it is preserves the motion of the spine.

Robotic Spinal Surgery

Surgeons at West Hills Hospital have undergone extensive training to perform robot-assisted spinal surgeries in West Hills, California. In fact, West Hills Hospital was first in Los Angeles to add the latest robotic surgical technology to its advanced spinal surgery offerings. The robotic surgery system combines unprecedented pre-operative planning tools and analytics with unparalleled intra-operative guidance, giving patients the most advanced surgery options available.

Benefits to the patient:

  • Faster Recovery
  • Reduced Post-Operative Pain
  • Lower Complication Rates
  • Increased Accuracy

With Accuracy and precision, this system will assist surgeons in the surgical treatment of many spine conditions, such as:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Scoliosis or curvature of the spine
  • Herniated disc
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stenosis
  • Vertebral fractures