The UCSF Spine Center is one of the largest centers of its kind in the country, treating 10,000 patients a year. It brings together world-renowned specialists in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, neurology, psychiatry and other specialties to design the most effective treatment for each patient's condition. The team includes experts in cancer, pain management, physical therapy, radiation oncology and rheumatology.

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Our services

Our services include:

  • Minimally invasive cervical and lumbar techniques
  • Motion-sparing surgery, such as artificial disc replacement
  • Complex revision spine surgery
  • Innovative surgical techniques for spinal tumors
  • Computerized three-dimensional surgery
  • Noninvasive radiosurgery using CyberKnife
  • New treatments and opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials to test them

We also offer a Spine Tumor Board, which reviews challenging spinal tumor cases every month, and a Spine Rapid Case Review service for urgent conditions that can't wait for the monthly tumor board.

Our patients have access to the most up-to-date imaging technologies for diagnosing spinal disorders and to innovative treatments that are not widely available – for example, the lateral paramedian transpedicular technique, developed by a UCSF surgeon for removing cervical tumors previously thought to be inoperable.

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    Decorative Caduceus

    The Enso Study for Chronic Low Back Pain

    Enso is a portable device for the treatment of chronic and acute types of musculoskeletal pain. This study is being designed as a double-blinded, sham-controlled randomized clinical trial.

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    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Best in the West for neurology and neurosurgery

    • n3-2x

      Ranked No. 3 in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery

    • usnews-orthopedics

      Best in Northern California for orthopedics

    • n7-2x

      Ranked No. 4 in the nation for orthopedics

    Support services

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    Case Management and Social Work

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    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class

    This eight-week UCSF class teaches mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body awareness, that can reduce stress and improve your overall health.

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    Patient Relations

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    Spiritual Care Services

    Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.

    Special programs

    Spine Rapid Case Review

    The Spine Center at UCSF Health provides a rapid case review, within 48 hours of submission, to evaluate complex, challenging spine tumor cases.

    Spine Tumor Board

    The UCSF Spine Center holds a monthly Spine Tumor Board to review challenging cases involving primary tumors of the spine and that have spread to the spine.

    International Services

    If you live in another country and are coming to UCSF for medical
    treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    Interpreters

    UCSF offers language services at no charge for patients with limited
    English, as well as for patients who are deaf or have trouble hearing.

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    Hospital Stays

    Checking into the hospital? Find helpful information by clicking on the relevant “Your Hospital Stay” booklet: Mission Bay, Parnassus or Mount
    Zion.

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    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    Related clinics

    Neurosurgery at Greenbrae

    1100 S. Eliseo Dr., Suite 1
    Greenbrae, CA 94904

    Orthopedic Spine Surgery at Greenbrae

    1100 S. Eliseo Dr., Suite 1
    Greenbrae, CA 94904

    Neurosurgery at Napa

    1100 Trancas St., Suite 200
    Napa, CA 94558

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