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About our Practice
Tomorrow is Here
The treatment of spinal disorders has entered a new era. Techniques are more refined. Incisions are smaller. Procedures that would take hours now take minutes. Recovery that would take months now takes a couple of weeks or even days. And many procedures are being done in the outpatient setting where patients go home the same day. But despite all of our advancements, one thing remains the same: a successful outcome depends on a close relationship between patient and surgeon.Learn More
Procedures and Conditions
A Deeper Understanding of Your Spine
The spine is incredibly complex. But so is our understanding of what can go wrong and how to treat it.
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The cervical spine— or neck— is responsible for some pretty important functions. It allows movement of the head and acts as a passageway for important nerves that control arm and leg function. The most common conditions in this region of the spine include disc herniation, disc degeneration, and spinal stenosis. Any of these conditions can cause neck and shoulder pain, neck stiffness, numbness or tingling in the arms or fingers, and weakness. We can treat most of the conditions without surgery. In the few conditions that do require surgery, amazing advancements have been made, such as artificial disc replacement and microsurgery.
Middle Back Procedures
The Middle Back
Middle Back Procedures
The thoracic spine- or middle back- is responsible for movement of the torso. It is also a passageway for some important nerves that affect balance and leg function. The most common conditions in this region of the spine include disc degeneration and stenosis. Spinal tumors may also affect this region. Any of these conditions can cause mid back pain, flank pain, bowel or bladder conditions, or difficulty with balance and walking. Fortunately, many of problems are treated successfully with minimally invasive techniques.
Lower Back Procedures
The Low Back
Lower Back Procedures
The lumbar spine— or low back— is one of the most important regions of the spine. All of the body’s motion and forces are transmitted through this part of the spine. It is the passageway for all the nerves that control leg function and bowel and bladder function. The lumbar spine also allows flexibility and the ability to twist and bend. The most common conditions include disc herniation, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, tumors, and spinal fractures. Any of these conditions can cause stiffness, pain, numbness or tingling in the legs, difficulty walking or sitting, and even bowel or bladder issues. Nonsurgical and surgical advancements in this region have been staggering. Amazingly, we now treat most of the conditions in the lumbar spine in the outpatient setting using techniques such as artificial disc replacement and microdecompression.
The spine can only function properly when all of its regions— cervical, thoracic, lumbar— are in perfect harmony and alignment. The spinal bones or discs can develop structural conditions that disrupt this harmony and this causes deformity of the spine. Deformity most commonly looks like abnormal curvature of the spine, known as scoliosis, or like “hunching” of the spine, known as kyphosis. Minimally invasive deformity correction, computer-assisted surgery, and image-guided surgery have revolutionized our ability to successfully treat these conditions.
Dr. Alexandre Rasouli, M.D.
Alexandre Rasouli, M.D. is a nationally-recognized, board-certified spine surgeon who specializes in the surgical and nonsurgical management of cervical, thoracic and lumbar disorders of the spine, degenerative disorders, spinal trauma, adult and pediatric deformity, spinal oncology and minimally invasive surgery.Learn More
Paving the way
The Outpatient Revolution
Surgical and nonsurgical treatment of the spine have come a long way. Techniques have become so small and minimally invasive that hospitalization is often no longer necessary. This means less pain, faster recovery, and a return to the quality of life you demand. This dramatic improvement in treatment is the result of years of research, perfection of technique, and mastery of skill. It’s modern spine surgery. Without the hospital.Learn More
We are privileged to be able to help our patients through their pain and disability. Whether it is through nonsurgical management, motion-sparing technology, minimally invasive techniques, or state-of-the-art outpatient procedures, our happy patients are our greatest achievement. Every patient deserves the chance to have a normal quality of life. We are honored to help them get there.More Success Stories
September 17, 2019
Dr. Rasouli Named a Southern California Super Doctor 2020
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Alexandre Rasouli has been named a Southern California Super Doctor 2020. He was selected through a rigorous multi-step process that identifies healthcare providers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.Visit Blog
April 8, 2019
Range of Motion: Cervical Arthroplasty Compared to Cervical Fusion
The Prestige LP Cervical Disc on the left is an artificial cervical disc and is designed to maintain motion at the treated levels in the cervical spine. The treated levels maintain motion after the disc is implanted.Visit Blog
NOVEMBER 8, 2018
Dr. Rasouli on Meet the Doctors Podcast
Dr. Rasouli says 90% of all patients with back pain don’t need surgery. By trying conservative treatments first, most patients will recover. For the 10% that need surgery, Dr. Rasouli pioneered doing cervical and lumbar artificial disc replacements in an outpatient setting. That means most of his cervical and lumbar disc replacements allow patients to go home the same day as surgery. These are rapid recovery spine surgeries.Visit Blog
JANUARY 16, 2018
Melding Medicine and Technology
“The same things that are required for you to be good with computers make you good at surgery, which is a very logical, focus-driven algorithmic process where one task can’t be completed unless another task before it is completed. At the same time, there’s this art in surgery that’s not scientific or focus driven, but is just art – an expression of something that you can’t quite describe."Visit Blog
January 31, 2018
90% of Back ProblemsDon’t Need Surgery!
“Time and time again, we see the statistic prove itself that 90% of all back problems resolve themselves and don’t need surgery. The body does a better job than a surgeon ever could do. That’s true for back pain; it’s true for sciatica; it’s true for disk herniations; and it’s even true for spinal fractures. It’s humbling for a surgeon to say, but it is true.”Visit Blog
June 20, 2018
“The story is an all too familiar one. A patient will undergo fusion surgery for collapsed discs either in the neck or the back. It involves placing a bone spacer between the vertebra or spinal bones and then holding them there with metal plates, screws, or rods. Eventually the two bones “fuse” together. Patients feel fine for some time. But then… the pain comes back. What has happened is that now the disc above or below the fusion has collapsed, from all the extra stress the original fusion has created. More surgery.”Visit Blog