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Advanced Spine Institute

female golferThere may come a time when your back pain reduces the quality of your life. Everyday activities, such as walking, shopping or housework, can become difficult or unbearable. Taking part in favorite hobbies, such as golf or bowling, may be a thing of the past because conservative measures like diet, exercise and medications no longer provide pain relief. If this describes your situation and you want relief from chronic back and neck pain, take the first step today.

Benefits of Spine Surgery at the Advanced Spine Institute:

  • Minimally invasive and laser spine procedures
  • Small incisions for faster recovery
  • Fellowship-trained spine surgeons
  • 3D imaging during the procedure for pinpoint precision
  • Customized procedures
  • Healing-designed recovery unit
  • Nurse navigator to guide you through process
  • Award-winning care for surgery and patient safety

At the Advanced Spine Institute at Alvarado Hospital, our surgeons use the latest advances in minimally invasive spine surgery to ensure the best outcomes and less recovery time. If you want want relief from chronic neck and back pain, take the first step toward your new life and contact us. No need to travel out of state with the most advanced minimally invasive procedures, including laser surgery, is offered in San Diego.


Days in the Hospital (national average 4.1) Percentage Who Go Directly Home (ntl. avg. 79%) Complication Rate Pulmonary Embolism Complication Rate Deep Vein Thrombosis





(Data compiled from July-September, 2017.)

Conditions Treated

Our spine specialists treat a variety of back and neck conditions, including:

  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Herniated Disc
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Radiculopathy
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Many other conditions

Common Spine Surgery Procedures

We also offer non-surgical treatments for the spine.

Why Choose the Advanced Spine Institute

healthgrades awrdBased on the Marshall Steele program, nationally renowned for superior outcomes in spine surgery, Alvarado Hospital's spine care is among the best in the nation. Not only are we among the top 5% in the nation for spine surgery as America's 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery, but we're the only hospital in the state of California to be ranked among America's 100 Best Hospital for Spine and Orthopedic Surgery four years in a row (Healthgrades, 2014-2017). In addition, we are the only hospital in the city of San Diego to receive the 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award (Healthgrades, 2015-2017).

Alvarado Hospital brought together the region's top spine surgeons and combined their surgical expertise with a beautiful recovery unit featuring San Diego’s landscapes and landmarks, based on healing design.

Our Personal Approach

We have created a unique program that brings together a team of experienced and skilled surgeons with specially trained nurses, therapists and technicians. Our goal is to provide seamless, coordinated care, and get you back to your favorite activities as soon as possible.

We offer an outcome-driven program to maximize your recovery and get you back to enjoying your life. Our innovative program results in superior outcomes through a unique combination of wellness-focused strategies, including:

  • Healing-designed recovery unit reflecting San Diego's beautiful landscapes and landmarks
  • Comprehensive patient and family education pre- and post-surgery
  • Early mobility for quicker recovery
  • Family-focused environment, including family participation in coaching, therapy,and other activities
  • Patients may wear comfortable clothes from home
  • All private rooms and bathrooms
  • Marshall Steele-modeled programs for superior outcomes and high patient satisfaction

roomWhile your hospital stay will be short, we have created a unit focused only on joint and spine surgery patients—in a healing environment to enhance recovery. No hospital gowns for this crowd. You get to wear your own clothes from home! Family members, including a loved one you identify as your “coach,” are encouraged to participate in group activities and other special events on the unit.

Our staff is hand-picked for their positive attitudes, motivational skills, and their desire to provide outstanding service. In addition, they have been specially trained to provide comprehensive clinical care for patients undergoing this important surgery.

Spine Procedures Offered


We believe the key to better outcomes is a commitment to provide you with a thorough understanding and knowledge of what to expect during your surgical experience. Knowing what to expect each step of the way goes a long way to reducing stress and anxiety, and prepares you for as smooth a recovery as possible.

The information you receive prior to and after your surgery includes:

  • An informative pre-op class for patients and family
  • Engaging community outreach seminars, available after the pre-op class
  • A patient guidebook
  • Daily newsletters and other educational materials while in the hospital
  • Post-op follow-up call
  • Dedicated care coordinator to help you navigate the process

We have a dedicated care coordinator to ensure you are guided through every step of this process. We hold frequent seminars on the most common causes and the latest treatment options for shoulder, knee and hip pain. You’ll learn the top things you can do for arthritis, as well as information on the newest medications and diet and exercise tips.

Contact Us

Visit our website for more details about the national recognition of our patient safety and high-quality care, as well as to take an online video tour of the unit. We are happy to answer your questions. Our spine care coordinators can be reached at 619-229-4548 or e-mail us (do not include confidential information in your e-mail). You can reach us 24/7 by calling (800) ALVARADO 800-258-2723.

Physician Referral

Alvarado's Physician Referral Service can help you find an orthopedic specialist who meets your needs. To see a list of orthopedists who are part of the Advanced Spine & Joint Institute, click here. You also can call (800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723) for a customer service rep who can assist you or our care coordinator 619-229-4548 or e-mail (do not include confidential information in your e-mail).