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Dr. Kevin Yoo

Neurosurgery
La Jolla, CA
29 years experience male

Locations

Dr. Kevin Yoo

La Jolla, CA

Address

9834 Genessee Ave, Suite 2310, La Jolla, CA, United States
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Fax

8588156820

Insurances accepted

Tricare

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 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 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
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 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
A male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Alcohol and seizures: Alcohol lowers seizure threshold. If you already have a tendency to have seizures then drinking can bring on seizures. 11 beers is a lot and you may b... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 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
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 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
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Spinal Disease: This is a very general term. Spinal disease can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), or lumbar (low back) spine. Typically, patients wil... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
No.: Excedrin and Advil have different pathways for working on pain and it is difficult to say which one works better for chronic headaches. Everyone is di... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
It takes time: By the information you have given us, it looks as though you had either long standing ulnar nerve entrapment or a severe case of one with significant ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 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
A male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Odds are no.: Headaches are very very common. Brain tumors are very very uncommon. So, if you have a headache the odds are that a brain tumor is not causing the hea... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
We don't know: You are probably referring to non-specific white matter lesions seen on MRI of your brain. We actually do not have a clear understanding of what these... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
MRI: A MRI with contrast is sufficient to detect evidence of a brain tumor. If there is any question as to whether a brain tumor is present or not, one can... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Yes it is.: I believe you are asking if you happen to hit your head again, is the brain more likely to get injured than the first time. Absolutely!. Because the b... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Good idea: Sympathetic blocks are one of the most effective ways to treat and diagnose CRPS. This is an outpatient, minimally invasive, and fairly safe procedure... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Stretched spine: Tethered cord syndrome is where the spinal cord is stretched because it failed to grow along with the rest of the spine. The cord is attached to the s... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Conservative care: Yes, I believe that all people should exhaust and utilize all conservative measures for treatment of his or her back pain first, prior to discussing s... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Headaches from TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury occurs with blunt hit to the head and headaches is the most common symptom. You have a very mild form of TBI. But you may also ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Nothing to worry: Cerebral atrophy is a universal aging process that everyone gets. Mild cerebral atrophy that your aunt has is probably nothing more than normal aging... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
It will get better: Most back pain improve on their own without any intervention and it does so for sure in someone as young as you are. You have already improved by your... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Need Workup of Brain: MaryB, 1. Falling - I do not know what other medical problems you have but repetitive falling in a 42-year-old with the other problems is very strange... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Topamax (topiramate) & Aleve safe: I do not know of any interactions between Topamax (topiramate) and Aleve that would pose a problem. If you were my patient, I would recommend you take... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Maybe pinched nerve: Hip disease can give you leg pain but usually in top of thigh. Pain down the side of thigh could be pinched L5 nerve. An MRI of Lumbar Spine is the be... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Why did it not work?: You need to figure why. Pseduoarthorsis or non-fusion can be one cause. Having disc problems at another level could be another cause. Surgery not done... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Rest of exam: What is the rest of her exam? Is she awake and appropriate? Is she obtunded? Is she still seizing? Pupillary dilatation can mean than pressure is bui... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Depends on healing: MairaQ, After brain surgery, any new neurologic deficit will heal. The amount of healing depends on how badly brain was injured. The duration of hea... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 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
A female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 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
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
It depends: It all depends on the severity of the injury. In mild head injury, it probably doe not matter. In moderate injury with subarachnoid hemorrhage, there ... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Common findings: These are findings that are often found in every person's MRI of the brain that hold very little significance. You can say they are the "liver spots" ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Not likely aneurysm: If your ptosis is so subtle you do not notice it, then you do not have ptosis. Brain aneurysm can cause ptosis by compression of the 3rd cranial nerve... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Fusion is an option: Fusion is always an option. It is a matter of what you are willing to give for this. If you have fusion, you lose motion. The longer the fusion which ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 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
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Likely latter: Laura, I do not know a rebound effect of muscle relaxant exists but I do know that when patients take narcotics for pain for some time that they devel... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 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
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
No, not often.: EMG/NCV study can be helpful in diagnosing cervical radiculopathy. However, in my Practice I have found these to be very rarely helpful. The clinical ... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Two options: 1. Conservative care: time, activity modifications, pain meds, therapies (including physical therapy, chiropractic and others), lumbar steroid injecti... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Ignore: If you are diagnosed with neurogenic claudication from spinal stenosis, have lumbar decompression.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Not if you are OK: If you do not have any symptoms, then no worry. However, the reason why you got MRI of the entire spine and ENG/NCV must be because you have pain and ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Not much: There is nothing that we know of that should prevent one from flying after brain surgery even if you had to do it immediately after the surgery. The p... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Yes it can.: The upper cervical nerves C4 and C5 innervates the shoulder. You will then likely have pinched nerve at C3/4 or C4/5. Shoulder joint wear and tear is ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
That is impossible.: I do not know of any quadriplegic individuals who have normal body functions. The hallmark of such significant spinal cord injury is to lose the abili... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Relief of pain: Spinal decompression and fusion surgery is done for pain. The decompression should help mostly with pain in the extremities. It can also help with num... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Yes, but . . .: Clot dissolving medications can worsen a hemorrhagic stroke by enlarging the hemorrhage. This medication was most likely given to your grandmother as ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
What kind of surgery: Without knowing what type of spine surgery you had, it is really hard to help you. The most common reason for your problem is constipation from narcot... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
No and Yes: Surgery for spondylolysis requires fusion with titanium metal implants. If you fuse well, which as a 28-year-old you should, it is very unlikely you w... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Yes it can: In my spine practice, I rarely use EMG/NCV because they often do not show any abnormalities. They seem to be only helpful if they are positive to conf... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Yes repeat ESI: If you got better with the first epidural steroid injection (ESI), and if you have some pain left over, repeating the ESI is a good idea. If you did n... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Is pain controlled?: Chronic pain can have flare ups so that it cannot be controlled at home with any of the normal means of controlling the pain. If the pain is debilitat... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Unrelated: Slipped disc at L4/5 can cause numb and tingly toes is the disc is compressing a nerve. It does not cause red and hot toes. A slipped disc compressing... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Yoo
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Wrong drug: Dexamethasone is simply not a drug we use to treat concussion. It must have been prescribed for something else. However, a short course of it should ... 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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