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. Ultimately, his goal is to restore his patients’ health with as little disruption as possible to where they are symptom-free and enjoying life again.
As a specialist focusing on minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Ball is able to provide a unique combination of expertise, courtesy, and trustworthiness we think you will enjoy. He is passionate about what he does and is excited to see the positive impact he has on peoples’ lives.
CalSpine MD is dedicated to researching and offering top-of-the-line conservative and surgical spine treatment for our patients.
Why is it important to Dr. Ball to provide cutting edge care?
Patients want to know that their doctor is up-to-date on all current treatment options and that they have choices when it comes to their healthcare.
By offering his patients a wide variety of treatment options, Dr. Ball is able to shift patient care from insurance-dictated care to individualized independent care plans that fit his patients’ needs and lifestyles. Some of the benefits can include faster recovery times, and reduced costs.
What cutting edge care is available at CalSpine MD?
CalSpine MD is on the cutting edge of healthcare, offering patients several opportunities for minimally invasive treatment options for the following health conditions:
Cervical Disc Disease
Mobi-C Cervical Disc Implant. The Mobi-C Cervical Disc Implant is manufactured by Zimmer Biomet. In surgery with the Mobi-C Cervical Disc, the unhealthy disc is removed, but instead of a bone spacer or plastic implant along with a plate and screws, a Mobi-C is implanted into the disc space. Where a fusion procedure is intended to eliminate motion at the surgery levels, the goal of surgery with Mobi-C is to allow motion at those levels (cervical discs, C3-C7). This implant is intended for adults (ages 21-67) with mature vertebrae and may be used for one and two-level disc disease.
Lumbar Disc Disease
prodisc L Anterior Lumbar Total Disc Replacement. The prodisc L implant is manufactured by Centinel Spine. It is an artificial disc replacement device for the lumbar spine (back), determined safe and effective for degenerative disc disease (DDD) at one or two levels from L3 to S1. The prodisc L Total Disc Replacement surgery is intended to remove the diseased disc, decompress the spinal nerves, restore normal disc height, reduce discogenic pain, and provide motion, potentially, in the affected vertebral segment.
Sacroiliac Joint Disorders
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion with iFuse Implant System. The iFuse Implant System manufactured by SI-BONE, Inc., is a minimally invasive surgical SI joint treatment option that provides stabilization and fusion of the SI joint for some causes of SI joint pain. This is accomplished by inserting triangular-shaped titanium implants across the sacroiliac joint to maximize post-surgical stability and weight-bearing capacity. The procedure is done through a small incision and takes about an hour.
Spinal Conditions and Deformities of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine
Minimally Invasive Lateral Fusion. Lateral Fusion is intended for spinal fusion procedures to be used in adults with degenerative disc disease (DDD) or scoliosis, at one or two contiguous spinal levels from L2-SI. DDD is defined as discogenic back pain with degeneration of the disc confirmed by history and radiographic studies. The technique may also be used in the thoracolumbar spine (e.g., T1-L5) for partial replacement (e.g., partial vertebrectomy) of a diseased vertebral body resected or excised for the treatment of tumors.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
At CalSpine MD, Dr. Ball offers many procedures using minimally invasive surgery techniques. Minimally invasive surgery allows Dr. Ball to use specific surgical techniques that limit the size and number of incisions that need to be made during a surgical procedure. As a result, he can perform surgery without cutting into a lot of skin and muscle.
Surgeons who perform minimally invasive surgery, like Dr. Ball, have very specialized training in addition to the traditional open surgery training obtained by spine surgeons. These surgeries involve specialized instruments and skill to perform the operation through small incision sites.