Spine Health Center

The Spine Health Center at Long Beach Medical Center takes a multi-disciplinary approach for elective neck and back surgery. Using expert evaluation and diagnosis, patients who are ready to consider more permanent solutions to their pain, receive a customized treatment plan that is unique to their needs to help them get back to work and play.

The Spine Health Center is supported by an integrated group of specialists that provide surgical solutions for patients suffering from orthopedic issues, spine injuries and spine disorders. Learn more about us.

What Can The Spine Health Center Do For Me?

The Spine Health Center at Long Beach Medical Center offers a comprehensive program for patients needing spine surgery. Some types of back and neck surgery are much less invasive than others. For example, a discectomy is minimally invasive and doesn’t change spine formation, but a spinal fusion surgery does and is more invasive.

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Cervical disc arthroplasty
  • Cervical laminoplasty
  • Cervical foraminotomy
  • Complex spinal reconstruction
  • Corpectomy
  • Decompressive laminectomy
  • Extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF)
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF)
  • Scoliosis surgery
  • Spinal fracture repair
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spondylosthesis surgery
  • Tranforminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)
  • Tumor surgery
  • Vertebroplasty
  • X-stop procedure

Spine Health Center Care Team

The Spine Health Center is supported by an integrated group of specialists that provide surgical solutions for patients suffering from orthopedic issues, spine injuries and spine disorders. Learn more about our care team.

Emphasizing Patient and Family Education Pre-operatively

The Spine Health Center with its dedicated unit, features private patient rooms, emphasizes patient and family education pre-operatively. Learn more about the role of pre-operative education.

Technology is Changing Spine Surgery

One of the more exciting technological advancements in spine surgery is the use of the O-arm during surgery. The O-arm uses computer navigation to gather real-time visualization of the spinal structures. It gives our spinal surgeons the ability to increase their precision during surgery since it shows a 3-D structure of the spine in the operating room on a computer screen with amazing accuracy.

This technology allows us to perform major spine surgery through minimal incision with un-paralleled safety and accuracy. This lowers risk and complication rates and increases surgery precision.

Pre-Operative Class, Coaches and Spine Surgery Patient Guide

Guiding You from Spine Surgery to Recovery

The MemorialCare Spine Center at Long Beach Medical Center is committed to providing patients with the highest level of compassionate, quality care in a patient and family centered environment. Our Spine Center promotes wellness and mobility among our patients, their families and our specialized health care team. Through skilled and personalized care, we work together to achieve high patient satisfaction, successful outcomes and enhanced quality of life.

Care Team

Your care team includes physicians, patient care assistants, nurses, orthopedic technicians, physical and occupational therapists specializing in spine care. Every detail, from pre-operative teaching to postoperative discharge, is considered and reviewed with you. The Spine Care Coordinator will coordinate your hospital care with the care team and your discharge plan. Your Spine Care Coordinator also is your advocate throughout the course of treatment from surgery to discharge.

Spine Surgery Pre-Operative Education Class

An education class is held for patients and coaches scheduled for spine surgery. You should plan to attend a class 1 - 2 weeks prior to your surgery date. Classes are held at the hospital on the spine unit. You will only need to attend one class. Members of the care team will be there to answer your questions. 

Role of Your Coach or Caregiver

A “coach” is the person that you select to be most supportive to you in the process of spine surgery. You can have more than one coach. Usually a relative or friend, coaches are invited and encouraged to attend the pre-op education class with you, be present and participate during your hospital stay, obtaining instruction and information promoting a smooth transition home.

Post discharge, coaches support patients in various ways, depending on the individual needs of the patient.

Pre-Education is Key to Recovering from Spine Surgery

Preparation, education, continuity of care, and a pre-planned discharge are essential for optimum results in spine surgery. Communication is essential to this process. The Spine Surgery Patient Guide is a communication tool for patients, physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and nurses.

Remember, this is just a guide. Your physician, physician assistant, nurses, or therapist may add to or change any of the recommendations. Always use their recommendations first and ask questions if you are unsure of any information.

The guide does contain a lot of information, we recommend reading the entire guide, at a pace that suits you. Keep your Spine Surgery Patient Guide as a handy reference for at least the first year after your surgery.