DR. MICHAEL W. CLUCK
EXPERT IN MINIMALLY
INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY
Mary, Nancy, and Monique are 3 generations of women who all needed back surgery. While their surgeries varied (Lumbar Fusion, Microlumbar Decompression, and a Laminectomy) the results were the same: pain-free and loving life!
Restoring quality of Life
At Valley Spine Care we provide our patients with the highest level of care using sophisticated technology combined with empathy and compassion. Dr. Cluck, an orthopedic spine surgeon, is focused on diagnosing the problem, educating patients about their options and recommending an individualized treatment plan to achieve patient goals. We take care of the details so you can get back to enjoying life. Dr. Cluck is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and is thrilled to bring the best the Bay Area has to offer to Central Valley.
Michael w. CLuCK MD, PHD, FAAOS
Dr. Michael W. Cluck is a recognized expert in the surgical management of spinal disorders including herniated cervical and lumbar discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, arthroplasty (disc replacement), and spinal stabilization and fusion for traumatic and degenerative spinal instability and deformity.
In 2018 he received a faculty appointment with UCSF Department of Orthopedic Surgery as an Associate Clinical Professor, teaching fellows and residents.
Dr. Cluck has performed over 3000 spine surgeries and has become a highly sought after expert in his field, speaking at national conferences, teaching minimally invasive surgery to other spine surgeons and consulting with medical device companies.
Dr. Cluck received his Bachelor Of Arts with a double major in Physiology and Cell Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara. He then earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology while simultaneously earning his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Southern California, one of the most prestigious orthopedic programs in the country. Upon graduation, he completed a fellowship in complex spine surgery at Case Western Reserve University with Dr. Henry Bohlman, the "Father of Contemporary Spine Surgery", who was an innovator in the world of spine surgery.
Minimally Invasive surgery
For years, traditional spine surgery involved making a large incision the length of the back to spread or “retract” the back muscles and access the spine. This open surgery technique provides easy access to the spinal anatomy, but retraction can damage spinal muscles and lead to significant post-operative pain. Open spine surgeries also result in more blood loss, a larger scar and longer recovery.
Open surgeries are still preferred in some cases, but many conditions can now be treated using advanced, minimally invasive techniques. Minimally invasive spine surgery allows Dr. Cluck to accomplish the same surgical outcome as more traditional open techniques, but without the need for large incisions and muscle damage.
Advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery include:
Reduced operative time
Less soft-tissue damage
Less painful surgical incisions
Reduced blood loss
Faster recovery with less post-operative pain
Shorter hospital stays
Cosmetically preferred with smaller scars