Spine Health Center at MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center
The Spine Health Center at MemorialCare 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.
What Can Our Spine Center Do For You?
Our Spine Health Center offers a comprehensive program for patients needing spine surgery. We have experienced surgeons who can operate using the latest technology such as, ExcelsiusGPS® and the O-Arm™, which ensure accuracy and precision during 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. Procedures we offer:
- Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
- Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)
- Artificial disc replacement
- Cervical disc arthroplasty
- Cervical laminoplasty
- Cervical foraminotomy
- Complex spinal reconstruction
- Decompressive laminectomy
- Extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF)
- Posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF)
- Scoliosis surgery
- Spinal fracture repair
- Spinal fusion
- Spondylosthesis surgery
- Tranforminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)
- Tumor surgery
- X-stop procedure
Our Spine Center is supported by an integrated group of specialists that provide surgical solutions for patients suffering from orthopedic issues, spine injuries and spine disorders.
This diverse team of orthopedic experts work together to identify and treat each patient’s unique conditions. This streamlined collaboration between care team members, progressive treatment options and innovative technologies helps to ensure that patients receive the best care and surgery outcomes. Our experienced spine care team includes:
- Board-certified neurosurgical and orthopedic surgical teams, with neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons
- Dedicated nurses and therapists trained to work with spine patients
- Pain medicine physicians
- Physical/Occupational therapy
- O-Arm spine technology representative
- Dedicated ExcelsiusGPS spine specialist who support surgeons in the operating room
Guiding You from Spine Surgery to Recovery
The Spine Center has a dedicated unit, featuring private patient rooms and 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.
Emphasizing Patient and Family Education Pre-operatively
Our Spine Center emphasizes patient and family education pre-operatively. 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 dedicated spine unit. You will only need to attend one class. Members of the care team will be there to answer your questions. Learn more about pre-operative education.
ExcelsiusGPS® is the next revolution in robotic spine surgery from Globus Medical, a developer of spinal and orthopedic implants and surgical instruments for patients with spine disorders.
ExcelsiusGPS is designed to improve accuracy and optimize patient care by using robotics and navigation, much like a GPS in your car.
On the day of surgery medical images are taken and imported into ExcelsiusGPS. The surgeon uses these images to determine the size and placement of implants and creates a patient plan based on your anatomy. This is used to guide the rigid robotic arm to a specific region of your spine, similar to a planned route or pathway on a GPS. The surgeon uses this pathway or route to accurately place the implants using instruments.
Throughout the procedure, the surgical instruments and implants are continuously displayed on the screen for the surgeon and staff to monitor. This display allows the surgeon to view live feedback during your procedure for more precise implant placement.
Questions to Ask Your Surgeon
If you are experiencing chronic back pain that is unresponsive to non-surgical treatment, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery in conjunction with ExcelsiusGPS. Talk to your doctor to learn more and find out if this option is right for you.
- Am I a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery with ExcelsiusGPS?
- How can I benefit from minimally invasive spine surgery with ExcelsiusGPS?
- What can I expect the day of the surgery?
- What can I expect post-surgery?
One of the more exciting technological advancements in spine surgery is the use of the O-arm™ during surgery.
The surgical team can use intraoperative imaging for optimized spine procedures. This improved visualization is critical during complex and minimally invasive procedures. The O-arm system is considered a trusted team member that is used before, during and after 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 3D structure of the spine in the operating room on a computer screen with amazing accuracy. The surgical system:
- Provides you with real-time images
- Adapts to your surgical workflow
- Moves fluidly in the operation room
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.
Optimized 2D|3D Performance
The O-arm provides 3D slice data and 3D fluoroscopy — a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie.
- 2D Imaging: Is used for localization, real-time anatomical updates and surgery plan verification.
- 3D Imaging: Gives an expanded view of the patient’s anatomy.
- Confirmation: The O-arm allows surgeons to view these combined patient image data while still on the surgical table to ensure that surgical goals are met.
Contact a Spine Program Expert
We’re focused on your entire journey, not just your surgery. Our care team of physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and a spine program navigator are there for you every step of the way from consultation to rehabilitation.
Meet Jennifer Caballero,
our specially trained spine program navigator.
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The ExcelsiusGPS® system creates a surgical plan based on your unique anatomy, guiding the robotic arm to a specific region of your spine, similar to a planned pathway on GPS. The surgeon uses this pathway to accurately conduct spine surgery with the utmost of precision.
Non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment of the spine is sometimes referred to as “conservative” treatment. The vast majority of back or neck problems are successfully resolved with conservative treatments. Treatment may be as simple as a reassurance that the problem is not serious and all that is needed...