Dr. Kevin Yoo

Neurosurgery
La Jolla, CA
30 years experience male

Locations

Dr. Kevin Yoo

La Jolla, CA

Address

9834 Genessee Ave, Suite 2310, La Jolla, CA, United States
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My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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Fax

8588156820

Insurances accepted

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Medicare

About

Bio

Dr. Kevin Yoo received his bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar. He went onto Emory University School of Medicine where he became a doctor in medicine and did his Internship. He moved onto the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he attended graduate school and did two years of research on brain tumors. Dr. Yoo then moved to Illinois to Loyola University Medical Center for his first half of his Neurosurgical Residency and then completed it at University of California at San Diego. Dr. Kevin Yoo is dedicated to the intricate care of each and every patient he treats. Dr. Yoo works at various hospitals in San Diego where he cares for complex trauma, brain and spine patients. Throughout Dr. Yoo’s medical career there has always been a passion for research which has led to numerous publications and presentations. He has extensive training that has resulted in his intricate and meticulous expertise. Dr. Yoo has been relied upon as a spinal and neurosurgical expert throughout his career.

Specialties
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Neurosurgery

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

113 Answers
4 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
If it is big enough: You are most likely describing a carotid artery aneurysm possibly a cavernous sinus aneurysm which if it became big enough, it can erode the bone and ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Not directly.: I am assuming you are referring to neck pain. Whiplash injury is a very common cause of neck pain. However, the simple act of living is traumatic to ... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
They should but wont: Work comp is terrible about authorizing treatment including surgery. The congenital narrow canal is not work comp related but since you have narrow ca... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Depends: Aspirin is used to thin blood. It is commonly used in aneurysm treatment with coiling if a pipe or a stent was used to help with coiling. This is beca... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Yes it can.: 23 degrees is not severe scoliosis but it can be source of pain. L5-S1 disc herniation can also be a source of pain. I am sure you are seeing pain sp... Read More
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Maybe non-fusion: ACDF means you remove all of the disc from that disc space. Therefore, it is virtually impossible you have a new disc issue at the same disc space. It... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Unlikely leak: A CSF leak can occur by sinus infection where the bone and dura (covering of the brain) is destroyed by the infection. In such a case you would likely... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Need more info: The MRI descriptions sounds like degenerative changes of cervical spine that are very common findings as we get older. It can cause pain but I need to... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Yes.: There are two ways Tarlov Cysts can be best seen radiographically. MRI is the test of choice. But CT Myelogram can also be very helpful. The MRI can c... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Need more info: Where is your pain? If it is neck pain, ACDF is a viable option. If it is pain in the arms, then there may be foraminal narrowing compressing your ne... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Yes surgery.: 6 mm disc herniation in the cervical spine is a giant disc. Therefore, more likely than not you would be symptomatic with bad neck and arm pain and nu... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Cost too high: Aneurysms are rare. Aneurysm rupture is even more rare. Therefore, to test everyone for aneurysm and then treat then would be a great cost to society ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Pain: There is a left and right facet at each vertebral level of the spine. These joints allow motion of the spine. If they get injured or get diseased wi... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Exactly what it says: Between the second vertebrae of cervical spine (C2) and third vertebrae (C3) is a disc space filled with cartilaginous tissue called C2-C3 disc. With ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Aneurysms congenital: Brain aneurysms are thought to be congenital and vast majority of them occur without any familial tendencies. However, some families do show multiple ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Very poor prognosis: This sounds likely widely metastasized brain tumor. It sounds as though it is end stage. There is no surgery for this. Whole brain and whole spinal r... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
You are getting old: You are only 30 years old but you have put 30 years of wear and tear on your spine. Disc protrusion & disc bulge are what happens as we get older.... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Need more info: Can you provide more information? As a Neurosurgeon, I can help you with this question.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Not enough info: Your MRI finding in the cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine sound like typical MRI findings in middle age individuals. Neck and back pain are very com... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Not slipped disc: Slipped cervical disc herniations typically cause pain down shoulder and arm and even to hand. TMJ is a dysfunction of the jaw joint with pain of jaw ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Conservative measure: Not every patient with a disc herniation needs surgery, in fact most do not. Patients can opt to exhaust conservative measures such as physical therap... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Depends on symptoms: We do not do surgery based only on films. If you have symptoms that are attributable to findings on films, then surgery should be considered. And even... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
I do not think so.: It is unlikely that new EMG will show anything despite fasciculations appearing if your first EMG is totally normal. If you decide to get another one,... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
No: There is no limit. Doing more does not make it better. just do not do it even though it hurts. Avoid activities that hurts your back.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Need more info: Pain in top of thigh can be L2, L3, or L4 nerve root. If you had surgery for any of those nerves, continued compression may be the reason for this pai... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
We just don't know: Unidentified bright objects are common findings on MRI of Brain especially in the elderly. Medicine simply does not what exactly what this means altho... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Neck pain headache: There is a condition called cervicogenic headaches that arises from neck pain. It is most likely referred pain from the upper cervical facets. The hea... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
It depends on seizur: Certain things like mesial temporal lobe sclerosis, tumors, AVM, etc. can cause seizures and if removed by neurosurgeon can cure epilepsy. But not alw... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Arms and legs: The neuron is the cell of the brain that is involved in learning and development. They need to be connected to other neurons to communicate. The axon ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
This is not normal: Ruby, it is very unusual for you to have headaches after cervical epidural steroid injection. People with cervical disc problems can often have headac... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
None at all.: In my many years of treating chronic subdural hematomas, I do not remember anytime this causing visual changes. The most likely symptom is headache wh... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Depends on how many: Stereotactic Radiosurgery otherwise know as Gammaknife, Cyberknife, etc. is highly effective and in many ways safer treatment than IMRT Radiation the... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
It should be fine: As a young person, taking aspirin every day should be safe unless you are taking it in too great of doses. Aspirin is a blood thinner as well as a pai... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Type of seizure: Grand mal seizures are a type of seizure where the patient develops loss of consciousness with violent muscle contractions. It is due to abnormal elec... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Nothing much: Facets are the left and right joints of the back of the spine present at each level such as L3-4 and L4-5. They contain fluid because as joints they n... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Need MRI: Brain Tumors are very rare. So, it is very unlikely that you have that. However, headaches is one of the most common presenting complaints of brain tu... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Common complaint: If you are talking about an epidural steroid injection, patients often complain of this kind of sensation after they have an epidural steroid injectio... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Most likely normal: This insufficient information , but most brain cysts are arachnoid cysts which are typically congenital, benign, and rarely need surgery. If the arach... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Depends on you: If you do not have any symptoms from this, there is no need for surgery. However, it would be hard to determine whether you are hurting from this beca... Read More
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A 76-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
It depends: If you are 76, your Dad must be late 80s or early 90s. At such an advanced age it may not be worth being so aggressive with terminal cancer that at s... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Not much concern: If numbness is all that you have only in a particular area after an epidural, I am not overly concerned. This is likely due to nerve irritation that o... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Concussion: I would recommend for you to seek medical attention immediately. Head trauma can occur after a motor vehicle accident and can cause severe symptoms su... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
It cannot: Coughing hard cannot cause an brain aneurysm. Headache from aneurysmal rupture will be the worst headache of your life. Violent coughing can cause art... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Not to worry.: Venous Angioma is a benign finding that portends hardly any problem at all. I too would not recommend MRA for you particularly if it was found acciden... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Muscle spasm: Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
You need to be seen: Craniotomy incision should not be leaking on & off three years after surgery. This is an indication of either a chronic infection or a chronic cer... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Two options: 1. Conservative care: time, activity modifications, pain meds, therapies (including physical therapy, chiropractic and others), lumbar steroid injecti... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
It depends: If you only have leg pain, then redo-microdiscectomy is the appropriate surgery. If you have severe back pain worse than leg pain, then fusion is the ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Nerve damage: Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct n... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
It is much harder: When you are in your 80s and have the list of medical problems that you have the chance of getting better is much harder than if you were younger. It... Read More
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Jan 16, 2017
Dr. Yoo, is thorough, attentive, caring, and straightforward. He is a patient doctor who allows you adequate time to address all your concerns. I was very pleased with my consult. Thank you Dr. Yoo!
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Oh you so made my day. I have been so worried about this. I thought I was going to have a stroke. Honestly, I can't thank you enough. Thanks you! Thank you! and Th...Read More
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Thank you.This is tough. My husband of 34 1/2 years is facing this right now.What can I expect at the end of this fight, is a question I need to understand next. I appreciate your straightforwardness...Read More
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Yes it is t spine &have numbness, tingling, burning, & sever pain where bra close to top of hump in my back. increasing pain since age 17. First Mri ever. No insurance. Possible treatment?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Emory University School of Medicine, GA
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

Neurosurgery
Completed 2004

Awards

Top Neurosurgeon , First Place, National - Spring
2016
Thought Leader, Third Place, San Diego Region - Spring
2016
Top Neurosurgeon, First Place, the San Diego Region - Spring
2017

Affiliations

Scripps Memorial Hospital; Encinitas, CA
Tri-City Medical Center
Alvarado hospital medical center
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