Spinal Disorders

The Neurospinal Disorders Program provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients suffering from all diseases of the spine and peripheral nerves. The program is based in the Department of Neurological Surgery and is a component of the multi-disciplinary UCSF Spine Center.

For accurate diagnoses and increased safety during therapeutic procedures, specialists use the most advanced techniques available for spinal imaging, interventional neuroradiology, electro-physiological testing, and surgery.
Our neurosurgeons are experts in treating: 

Complex spinal tumors

Spinal deformities

Degenerative spine disorders

Peripheral nerve disorders (including nerve sheath tumors)

Chiari malformation

Back Pain

Spinal nerve and cord function is monitored routinely during surgery to prevent injury to vital neurological structures. The overall goals of treatment are pain relief, prevention of paralysis, and restoration of functional capacity. By collaborating with other departments at the UCSF Spine Center, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, orthopedics, general surgery, and physiatry, our patients benefit from the expertise of a variety of specialists.

In a select group of patients, minimally invasive spine surgery has the potential to treat spinal diseases and disorders through much smaller incisions and with less tissue dissection. We are leading clinical studies that examine outcomes of minimally invasive procedures to see to what extent they differ from standard open techniques. 

The Neurospinal Disorders Program is also one of few programs in California to offer CyberKnife radiosurgery for the treatment of spinal tumors. This non-invasive, painless system delivers high doses of radiation therapy directly to the lesion.



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