Regional Spine Center
Spinal Care for Salinas Valley Residents
Your spine contains 120 muscles, 220 individual ligaments and more than
100 joints. It supports everything you do, which is why back pain can
dramatically affect your life. At SVMHS, we can help prevent back or neck
pain from having a negative impact on your quality of life. Our team at
the Regional Spine Center is here for you. We can answer your questions
and support you during this time, providing a range of advanced treatment
options that include non-surgical and minimally-invasive solutions.
Treatment for Back & Neck Pain
Four out of five adults will suffer from some form of back pain in their
lifetimes. Common causes range from car accidents to strain/overuse injuries
to conditions such as kidney stones or stomach ulcers. The one fact that
unifies all types of back pain, however, is how debilitating it can be.
As a patient at the Regional Spine Care Center, you will be our focus.
We provide a full range of comprehensive services and treatment options
- Physical therapy and occupational therapy
- Surgical procedures
SVMHS’ goal is to ensure that you have access to the best possible
care, individualized to meet your unique needs. With a team of world-class
neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons on our staff, we strive to ensure
that the families we serve in the communities of Monterey County, CA always
have access to the care they deserve. Our surgeons are experienced—performing
hundreds of cases each year—and board certified. As a team, we strive
to stay ahead of developments in our field in order to give patients in
the Monterey community, region and county the best surgical techniques,
treatment options and technologies.
Contact Our Spine Treatment Center in Salinas, CA
Regional Spine Center is located at:
450 E. Romie Lane
Salinas, CA 93901
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different types of spine surgery?
There are several different types of spine surgery, and your surgeon will
discuss what type he recommends for you. In general, the most common spine
surgeries at the Regional Spine Center (RSC) are:
- Spinal fusion: two or more vertebrae are fused together to improve their stability
- Laminectomy: a portion of the vertebra is removed to relieve pressure on
the spinal cord or nearby nerves
- Diskectomy: a portion of a disk is removed to relieve pressure on the spinal
cord or nearby nerves
What are the primary benefits of spine surgery?
The two primary benefits of spine surgery are pain relief and improved
activity tolerance. These two factors allow most people to maintain a
more active lifestyle and that can lead to other health benefits such
as weight management and reducing risk of heart disease, for example.
How long will the benefits of surgery last?
It's impossible to predict how long the benefits of surgery will last,
since factors such as age, weight, activity level and bone strength all
play a role. Most patients experience pain relief and improved activity
tolerance for many years. However, a small percentage of people receiving
spine surgery will require another surgery at some point in time.
How has spine surgery improved in recent years?
Highly-trained and experienced orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons use
specialized technologies and advanced surgical equipment to make spine
surgery a highly successful procedure. The RSC surgeons utilize minimally-invasive
and microsurgery techniques that require a much smaller incision than
traditional back surgery. This results in less blood loss, less swelling
and pain, improved muscle function after surgery. All of these factors
allow patients to have a more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay
than was common several years ago.
What other considerations are associated with spine surgery?
- Other health problems must be under control. If you have a medical condition
such as heart or lung disease, you will need clearance from your physician
to have spine surgery.
- If you develop an infection such as a cold virus prior to surgery, this
can cause complications. Notify your surgeon if you become ill just prior
- Weight management will decrease the amount of stress on your heart and
lungs after surgery. Excessive weight can slow your recovery, so if possible,
consider a weight loss program prior to surgery. You'll find helpful information
on weight loss and nutrition later in this binder.
- The speed and quality of your recovery depend largely on you. While there
will be some discomfort after surgery, you must be willing to follow the
instructions of your nurses and/or therapists for activity so that your
recovery will progress smoothly.
Will there be a lot of pain after the surgery?
As with any surgery, especially one that involves a weight bearing structure
such as the spine, there will be some pain following surgery and during
your recovery. However, our surgeons use minimally-invasive techniques
that can reduce pain and speed recovery; our anesthesiologists and pain
management specialists are trained in the most advanced pain management
therapies and will work with you to control pain as much as possible.
Typically, the sooner after surgery you can get up and move around, the
quicker pain and soreness will diminish. Many factors including your general
health and activity level impact the effectiveness of pain medications.
Please discuss pain management options with your surgeon if you have specific