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Alvarado Hospital Advanced Spine & Joint Institute

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If you suffer from joint or back pain, you know the difficulties you must deal with on a daily basis. Each day, your thoughts inevitably turn to that ache in your hips or knees, and daily activities like walking, housework or shopping can become unendurable. Persistent pain may even begin interfering with your favorite hobbies and preventing you from experiencing the things you enjoy most. If diet, exercise and medications are no longer providing you with relief from your symptoms, it may be time to consult with a doctor and consider surgery.

We are San Diego's premier spine and joint replacement program; patients travel from around the U.S. to have their surgery here and we are the preferred destination for many physicians requiring surgery. Our orthopedic program includes treatment for spine, neck, knees, hips and shoulders.

We Offer Solutions to Your Pain

Del Mar Advanced Spine Institute

Our institute is the first and only Marshall Steele-modeled spine and joint program in San Diego. Nationally renowned for its superior results, Marshall Steele programs bring together the best orthopedic and spine surgeons to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

We offer the latest advancements in surgery—robotic, 3D imaging, laser and minimally invasive—all in a beautiful San Diego landscape-themed recovery unit based on healing design. Our nurse navigators help patients every step of the way to create a seamless process from the decision through the recovery.

Our skilled and experience surgeons offer the following joint reconstruction procedures:

Joint Procedures


Spine Procedures


Why Choose the Advanced Spine & Joint Institute?

HG ASJI TrophiesAlvarado Hospital’s Advanced Spine & Joint Institute provides unparalleled orthopedic and spine care. As an exceptional San Diego spine center, we have received national recognition as one of Healthgrades' as the only hospital in California to be ranked among America's 100 Best for Orthopedic and Spine Surgery five years in a row (2014-2018).

Additionally, Alvarado Hospital is among the top 5% in the nation for overall clinical excellence and patient safety excellence, which mean we are part of an elite group of 260 hospitals out of more than 4,500 across the U.S. to be nationally recognized for clinical excellence in 2014-2016.

If you need back or joint surgery, look no further.

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Our Personal Approach

Our outcomes-driven program is designed to give you every opportunity to achieve wellness as soon as possible. We have created a patient unit within our hospital that is 100% dedicated to the care and recovery of joint and spine patients. Our staff—hand-picked for their positive attitudes and desire to motivate patients--has been specially trained to provide complete clinical care for those undergoing surgery.

We focus on strategies that maximize your rate of recovery, including:

  • Top regional orthopedic and spine surgeons
  • Pre- and post-surgery patient and family education
  • Private rooms and bathrooms
  • Early mobility
  • The latest surgical procedures (including minimally invasive and laser spine surgery)
  • Marshall Steele-based programs designed to achieve superior outcomes
  • Healing designed recovery unit to enhance your stay
  • No hospital gowns (wear your own comfortable clothes from home!)
  • Family members act as coaches and are encouraged to take part in activities during your recovery

Education & Support

We believe that education and communication is vital to a smooth recovery process for our patients. Stress and anxiety can be greatly reduced when you know what to expect regarding your procedure and recovery every step of the way.

You will receive information prior to and after your surgery, including:

  • A patient guidebook
  • Pre-operative class for patients and their family members
  • A daily newsletter and other materials while in the hospital
  • Follow-up reunion lunch

Our clinical team continuously evaluates and measures performance so that we can ensure the highest level of personalized service to each and every patient. We also provide dedicated care coordinators as an added resource to navigate patients through the entire process. For more information, contact our coordinators during business hours at 619-229-4548 or e-mail us.

More Information

  • Have questions about specific joint or spine procedures? Answers can be found for spine and joint here.
  • Take an online video tour of our patient unit!

Physician Referrals

If you are in need of joint or spine surgery in San Diego, don’t waste another minute being in pain. Alvarado Hospital’s Physician Referral Service can help you find the right doctor for your needs. Click here to view our list of affiliated physicians, or call (800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723) to speak to one of our friendly customer service representatives. You may also contact our care coordinator at 619-229-4548 or by e-mail.