Spine Center

Complex Spine Surgery & Minimally Invasive Surgery in Los Angeles

Spine Center

Our Spine Center is directed by Sun H. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., who is a fellowship-trained, board certified, senior neurosurgeon specializing in complex spine surgery. Prior to joining the Valley Neurosurgical Institute, he was Director of the Comprehensive Spine Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Rutgers New Jersey State University, where he served for 14 years.

His experience with complex spine surgery surpasses 6000 operative cases.  His clinical and research interests include complex surgery of the spine, surgery of spinal cord tumors, and minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Sun H. Lee treats the following conditions:

  • I. Degenerative spine diseases:
    • Cervical disc herniation
    • Cervical spondylosis
    • Cervical myelopathy
    • Thoracic disc herniation
    • Lumbar disc herniation
    • Spinal stenosis
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Spinal instability
  • II. Traumatic spine injury/fractures
  • III. Spine and spinal cord tumors
    • Meningiomas
    • Neurofibromas
    • Schwannomas
    • Ependymomas
    • Astrocytomas
    • Hemangioblastomas
    • Metastatic cancer

Spine surgery performed at our center include:

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)
  • Posterior Cervical laminectomy
  • Posterior Cervical foraminotomy
  • Posterior Cervical fusion
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Thoracic laminectomy
  • Thoracic discectomy
  • Thoracic fusion
  • Thoracolumbar fusion
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar spinal fusion
  • Spine interbody fusion
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Percutaneous spinal fusion
  • Kyphoplasty

For patients with neck and back pain or those with spine disorders, it is critically important to know that not all patients require surgery at the time of diagnosis.  A careful analysis of the individual patient’s age, medical condition, type and severity symptoms must be conducted by an expert surgeon experienced in the management of overall “spine health” to come up with an individualized treatment plan tailored for each patient.

It is our mission to deliver world-class care to each and every patient with respect and compassion.  We strive to treat each patient as if he or she is our own family member.






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