Dr. Santi Rao, MD

Orthopedic Surgery •  Male
  
Dr. Rao
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Calfornia Spine Care

2805 J St Ste 210 Sacramento, CA 95816

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Dr. Santi Rao, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Sacramento, CA and has over 48 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Armed Forces Medical College, Maharashtra University Of Health Sciences medical school in 1972. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Concord Medical Center and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Rao to book an appointment.


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Over the past 30 years, I've undergone three spinal surgeries and been treated by more than a dozen primary care physicians, specialists and surgeons for treatment of serious back problems I've suffered since I was 12-years-old. They were all excellent physicians, but none came close to having the empathy, expertise and professionalism that Dr. Rao provides. He's truly the kindest, best informed, and most communicative physician from whom I've ever received care. His active listening skills are extraordinary. Dr. Rao's staff is likewise top tier. It's a delight to work with Amber, Patricia and Natalia, each of whom is efficient, accurate and altogether pleasant. If you're seeking a neurosurgeon for yourself, a family member or a friend, you'll receive no finer care than that provided by Dr. Rao and his staff.
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Dave P. – Sep 07, 2019
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Dr. Rao is a compassionate, well-informed, and excellent surgeon.
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Sacramento patient in Davis, CA – Jan 27, 2019
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Dr. Rao is one of the most compassionate caring doctors I have ever met. He truly cares about you, and works hard to find a solution for you. I thought I was going to need another spine surgery, and Dr. Rao suggested I try a cortisone shot first. It was a miraculous how my pain went away. It has changed my life for the better, and no invasive surgery! I also witnessed Dr. Rao with an elderly patient. He was so compassionate and caring with her. He eased her anxiety right away. #1
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Christine C in Vacaville, CA – Sep 20, 2018
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Dr. Rao is a very good doctor. I have enjoyed my visits with him. I would give him 5 stars, but for one of his assistants, Amber, who is very unprofessional. She misheard me one day, we argued about it, now she has a really poor attitude. I have left 2 voicemails to schedule an appt., after likely having my call screened, but I am still waiting for a call back. I guess I will need to go into the office to speak with the doctor directly, which is probably what she ears.
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Brandon in Vallejo, CA – Sep 15, 2018
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Dr. Rao has performed surgery two times (Different Problems) with very successful results. I would not go to any other Back/Spine Surgeon. I trust him emphatically.
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Dennis Jones in Vallejo , CA – Aug 21, 2018
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Dr. Rao performed my back surgery in 2003. He was very professional and personal in the diagnosis and treatment of my problem, and in helping me to understand the process and what to expect afterward. Since that time, I have had no major issues with my back (except the occasional self inflicted exertion). I highly recommend Dr. Rao to anyone who suffers from back pain and wants results.
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Scott Lee in San Luis Obispo, CA – Jul 27, 2017
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I had my first appointment with Dr. Rao yesterday. I have been through double back surgeries and multiple doctors to find help. I have to say Dr. Rao completely gave 100% of his time and attention to me . His caring manner helped to ease my anxiety. I deeply believe Dr. Rao is an amazing person and Doctor. I am looking forward to starting a plan he put together for me. Even after the appointment was over, he asked me if I would like to try accupunture for some relief. There is hope!!
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Anne O'Donovan in Walnut Creek, CA – May 04, 2017
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I had a car accident that caused me to hurt my back. Dr. Rao is so caring and has a great bedside manner. He does everything he can to help you. His staff is always willing to help you!
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Eileen Gaffney in Pittsburg, CA – Oct 07, 2016
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About Me

Our goal is leave nothing undone, for your relief.

It is after all, about you and your life.

We will offer a comprehensive diagnosis, with explanation of your options, and how to make a decision, whatever that may be.
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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Pain Medicine

Education

1982
City Hosp Germany
Fellowship Hospital
1981
University Of Southern California
Fellowship Hospital
1980
State University of New York Health Science Center-Brooklyn
Residency Hospital
1976
Muhlenberg Hosp
Internship Hospital
1972
Armed Forces Medical College, Maharashtra University Of Health Sciences
Medical School
1972
Armed Forces Med Coll
Undergraduate School
University of Pune / Armed Forces Medical College
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Memberships & Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

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Background Check

No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Rao's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Back Pain
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Dr. Rao treats Back Pain more than 76% of his peers

Dr. Rao treats this condition more than 76% of his peers

Upper Back Pain
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Dr. Rao treats Upper Back Pain more than 68% of his peers

Dr. Rao treats this condition more than 68% of his peers

Spondylosis
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Dr. Rao treats Spondylosis more than 63% of his peers

Dr. Rao treats this condition more than 63% of his peers

Dr. Rao's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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Locations

Calfornia Spine Care

Sacramento2805 J St Ste 210 Sacramento, CA 95816
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San Francisco2300 Sutter St San Francisco, CA 94115
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Concord2291 Pacheco St Concord, CA 94520
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Concord Medical Center

Concord, CA

76% Patient experience rating, 7% higher than the national average

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

San Francisco, CA

66% Patient experience rating, 3% lower than the national average

Sutter Delta Medical Center

Antioch, CA

60% Patient experience rating, 9% lower than the national average

Sutter Solano Medical Center

Vallejo, CA

66% Patient experience rating, 3% lower than the national average

Walnut Creek Medical Center

Walnut Creek, CA

75% Patient experience rating, 6% higher than the national average

  • Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019, 2018)
  • America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019, 2018)
  • Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ (2019, 2018)