Bay Area Spine Care
COVID-19 Policy Update
Effective October 1, 2021, all patients scheduled for in-person appointments at CalSpine MD must be vaccinated or have a negative COVID test 72 hours before the scheduled appointment. Unvaccinated patients are welcome to schedule a telemedicine consultation.
Cutting Edge Care
in Spine Surgery
At CalSpine MD, Dr. Hieu T. Ball is committed to being at the forefront of offering cutting-edge care in spine surgery to his patients. He strives to find long-term solutions, combining revolutionary minimally-invasive technology and innovations in healthcare that can offer his patients alternative treatment options that are less invasive.
Meet Dr. Ball
Hieu Ball, M.D. devotes his practice to critical evaluation of 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 CalSpine MD office staff is organized and dedicated to ensuring that each patient receives the utmost personal attention and care.
Frequently Asked Questions
An orthopedic spine surgeon specializes in the treatment of spinal diseases and conditions and offers nonoperative and surgical treatment options to patients of all ages.
After completing medical school and completing an internship, these doctors enter an orthopedic surgery residency for 5 years, a rigorous and complex program covering all areas of orthopedics and orthopedic surgery. From there, they complete advanced training in a fellowship program for spine surgery.
An orthopedic spine surgeon is an expert with extensive training in the proper diagnosis and treatment of spinal diseases and conditions, some of which include degenerative disc disease, a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, sciatica, spinal deformity, vertebral fractures, osteoporosis, and whiplash. An orthopedic spine surgeon completes a fellowship in spine surgery, learning advanced spinal surgery techniques such as:
- Spinal Cord and Nerve Decompression
- Spinal Fusion
- Complex and Revision Fusion Surgery
- Microsurgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Artificial Disc Replacement
In Dr. Ball’s practice, he specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of adult spine conditions and pediatric spine conditions. He was the Chief Resident and Pediatric Spine Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital where he focused on pediatric trauma, hip dysplasia, and complex pediatric spinal deformity. He also completed a second spine fellowship in adult spine surgery at UCLA/St. John’s Medical Center under Dr. Rick Delamarter and Dr. Edgar Dawson.
His clinical interests include minimally invasive spine surgery techniques and motion-preservation surgery, such as total disc replacement. With minimally invasive surgical techniques, many patients experience less pain, shorter hospital stays, and quicker recoveries.
Regenerative medicine is an emerging area of science that holds great promise for treating and even curing a variety of injuries and diseases.
Regenerative medicine uses natural tissue engineering cellular therapies, and medical devices to repair tissue or organs damaged as a result of disease, trauma, or congenital issues.
In using some of these approaches or a combination of them, regenerative medicine can amplify our natural healing processes and improve health and function.
The goal of Regenerative Medicine in orthopedics is to provide the latest in affordable, minimally invasive therapies that will replace, repair, or promote tissue regeneration for acute and chronic orthopedic conditions, including those of the spine.
Discs are soft, rubber pads located between the vertebrae in the spine that act as shock absorbers and allow the spine to flex and bend. Spinal discs have a ring of cartilage along the outside that contains a gel-like substance. The outer cartilage of the disc can weaken over time or with a sudden injury, causing the inner disc material to push through that outer wall. This condition is known as a herniated disc but is also commonly referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc.
There are several reasons why a disc might herniate. One common factor that contributes to a herniated disc is the weakening of the discs over time. A herniated disc can also occur from an injury. A sudden increase in disc pressure caused by a car accident, heavy lifting, a slip, and fall can cause the outer disc to rupture or tear, and the inner gel can leak out.