Spine Surgery

Scripps Green Hospital
10666 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037 US 32.8984 -117.243
    Visiting Hours
    • 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Visiting hours may be adjusted based on the patient's needs or wishes.

Neck and back surgery at Scripps

Back pain and neck pain are among the most common reasons people seek medical attention—an estimated eight of 10 people will experience back or neck discomfort in their lifetimes. A spinal injury can cause constant pain, severely limit activity and have a devastating effect on your quality of life.

Whether caused by arthritis, overuse, trauma or injury, spine specialists at Scripps combine surgical precision with years of experience to provide personalized treatment for even the most complicated spine conditions.

  • Arthritis
  • Congenital deformities
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Herniated disc
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal instability
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Scripps spine surgeons also offer a wide variety of non-surgical options, including physical therapy, pain management, activity modification and anti-inflammatory medications.


Because of the many nerves associated with the back and neck, spine surgery is typically only considered after a long course of more conservative therapies. Should surgery be necessary, Scripps spine specialists offer the complete spectrum of surgical treatments—from minimally invasive procedures and full reconstructive surgical techniques to the latest artificial disc replacement technology.

  • Discectomy: Removes all or part of the damaged cushion, or disc, that helps protect your spinal column.
  • Foramenotomy: Widens the base of the spine to relieve nerve pressure.
  • Kyphoplasty: Uses a small balloon in the interior of the vertebra to repair spinal compression fractures.
  • Laminectomy: Removes lamina, a type of spinal bone, to relieve nerve pressure
  • Minimally invasive lumbar decompression: This procedure uses a small incision to remove portions of the tissue around the spine that cause nerve compression (spinal stenosis)
  • Spinal disc replacement: Replaces damaged tissue with an artificial disc
  • Spinal fusion: Removes damaged disc and fuses vertebrae
  • Vertebroplasty: Bone cement is used to repair spinal compression fractures

In addition, Scripps interventional spine specialists use non-surgical methods, such as x-ray guided injections and other techniques, to ease pain.

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