Providers

Bryce Johnson, MD

bryce-johnson-md Fellowship Trained Board Certified Spine Surgeon/
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Dr. Johnson is originally from Minneapolis. He completed his undergraduate studies Magna Cum Laude and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society at the University of California, San Diego’s Revelle College with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry/chemistry. Subsequently, he earned his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, graduating as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.

He pursued Orthopaedic Surgery residency training at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he was elected Chief Administrative resident and was awarded journal club grants from the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery/Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. He was also awarded a Hark Lectureship grant, and served as a team physician for the Chicago Public Schools’ athletic program. His position as chief resident earned him the opportunity to work at spring training with the Chicago Cubs.

Following residency, he completed a spine surgery fellowship at the University of California, San Diego under Dr. Steven R. Garfin. During his fellowship, he worked with both neuro and orthopaedic spine surgeons to learn advanced surgical techniques in the treatment of spinal disorders.  Dr. Johnson practices all aspects of operative spine care, and treats the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, and  has lectured numerous times both locally and regionally on spinal disorders and treatments.  He specializes in both open and minimally invasive techniques of spinal surgery.  In 2008, Dr Johnson was elected Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Saddleback Hospital, and, in 2010, he was elected Chief of Surgery at Saddleback Hospital.  Currently, he serves in both positions at the hospital.

Videos

Laguna Woods TV6: Spine Health Interview with Dr. Bryce A. Johnson

Dr. Johnson’s Commonly Performed Procedures – Instructional Videos


Unlike traditional back surgery, Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion is performed through the patient’s side. By entering this way, major muscles of the back are avoided. This minimally-invasive procedure is generally used to treat leg or back pain caused by degenerative disc disease


This minimally invasive procedure is used to remove a degenerated disc to relieve the compression of nerve roots in the lumbar spine. It is performed through small incisions on the back.

This minimally invasive procedure is used to remove overgrown vertebral bone and soft tissue to relieve the compression of nerve roots in the lumbar spine. It is performed through a small incision on the back. At times, this can be performed as an outpatient.

This minimally-invasive procedure is performed through a tubular device. It is designed to relieve pain caused by herniated discs pressing on nerve roots. This surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis.

This procedure replaces a degenerative or damaged spinal disc with an implant designed to preserve motion in your neck. This procedure can relieve the pain of compressed nerves in the cervical spine. This can be performed at one or two levels in the cervical spine. At times, this can be performed as an outpatient.

This surgery removes a herniated or diseased disc and relieves neck and radiating arm pain caused by parts of the disc pressing on nerve roots. A spacer is then placed where the disk was removed to support the disk space, and allow the bones to heal together. At times, this can be performed as an outpatient.

ALIF is generally used to treat back or leg pain caused by degenerative disc disease. The surgeon will stabilize the spine by fusing vertebrae together with bone graft material. Dr. Johnson typically performs this procedure with the assistance of a vascular surgeon, who provides access to the spine.

ALIF is generally used to treat back or leg pain caused by degenerative disc disease. The surgeon will stabilize the spine by fusing vertebrae together with bone graft material. Dr. Johnson typically performs this procedure with the assistance of a vascular surgeon, who provides access to the spine.

In this minimally-invasive procedure, the spinal nerve roots are decompressed and a metal device is implanted to stabilize the spine and help relieve back problems from conditions such as spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative arthritis.


Podcast

Bryce Johnson, MD discusses causes, symptoms and treatment options for spinal disorders and spinal injuries.

Awards

Dr. Johnson was named by his peers to the Super Doctors Southern California list for 2017

‘Top Doctors’ (Spinal Surgery)

Orange Coast Magazine, January 2017

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