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Dr. Ball

Dr. Hieu Ball, MD
Founder of California Comprehensive Spine Institute (CCSI)
In this exciting time of technological advances in spine surgery, Dr. Hieu Ball devotes his practice to critically evaluating the most current treatment options for neck, mid-back, and low-back problems. His patient-centered, individualized approach to caring for patients helps him achieve accurate diagnoses and logical treatment plans that optimize the spinal health outcomes for his patients. His CCSI office staff is organized and dedicated to ensuring that each patient receives the utmost personal attention and care.

Dr. Ball grew up in Hawaii, attended Punahou Academy and later matriculated at Cornell University for his undergraduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. He later attended Tufts University Medical School, where he earned his Medical Doctorate and Masters in Public Health in the university's four-year combined degree program. His General Surgery internship took place at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Ball then matched at Harvard Medical School for his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, six years which involved extensive clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel-New England Deaconess Hospital with leading, internationally renowned professors and faculty. He served as Chief Resident and Pediatric Spine Fellow at Boston Children's Hospital where he focused on pediatric trauma, hip dysplasia treatment and complex pediatric spinal deformity. Dr. Ball then performed a second spine fellowship in adult spine surgery at UCLA/St. John's Medical Center under Dr. Rick Delamarter and Edgar Dawson.

Dr. Hieu Ball and Cal Spine Institute specialize in the treatment of adult and pediatric patients. His practice includes caring for congenital, scoliosis, trauma/fracture care, degenerative disc disease, work-related injuries, and complex revision surgery. Dr. Ball serves on the clinical faculty for minimally invasive techniques and motion-preservation surgery, such as total disc replacement, and strives to deliver academic excellence in his private practice setting. With minimally invasive surgical techniques, many patients experience less pain, shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries. Dr. Ball teaches courses to other physicians and surgeons on artificial disc replacement; motion preservation technologies; minimally invasive diskectomy, laminectomies; complex and revision fusion surgery; and advanced pain management techniques such as spinal cord stimulator treatment.

Current areas of interest and emphasis include direct lateral minimally invasive fusion (XLIF, DLIF, LLIF), standalone ALIF techniques, both of which allow complete removal of diseased disks and placement of stable fusion devices (cages) from less traumatic and painful front-sided approaches to the spine. When appropriate, motion sparing techniques such as cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacement may be recommended. Dr. Ball also is also a leading expert in sacroiliac joint treatment, including minimally invasive SI joint fusion. Dr. Ball is actively involved in teaching and clinical research in all of these areas, and he has key roles in the innovation and development of these important technologies. All of these technologies may sometimes be performed in an ambulatory surgery center setting.