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Dr. Anthony Virella – World Class Brain & Spine Treatment


Minimally Invasive Treatment Helps Patients Return to Work…often the Next Day!


by  Jennifer Gammons-Mujica


Can you return to work the day after having back surgery?  Seems impossible! Patients of Dr. Anthony Virella receive world-class neurosurgical care on an outpatient basis.  Dr. Virella explains, “The minimally invasive procedures we use allow spine patients to return to work the very next day.  I even had a patient return to work the same day!”

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Dr. Virella makes spine surgery as pleasant and stress-free as … a walk on the beach.  He uses a variety of treatment plans, which result in only 10% of his patients requiring surgery.  Those are really positive statistics since

most people who have had traditional spine surgery find recovery to be a long, difficult and painful journey.   Not the case with Dr. Virella, whose #1 goal is to make sure patients return to an active, healthy lifestyle that is pain free.

Dr. Virella’s treatment plans are marked with exceptional personal care from start to finish.  Dr. Virella is aBoard-Certified; Fellowship trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management of complex spinal disorders.  Diagnosis and treatment of a patient’s condition can be done entirely at Virella Neurosurgery’s two offices located in Westlake Village and Simi Valley.  Dr. Virella’s cutting edge equipment and care plans give patients the freedom to stay local instead of making the long trip to UCLA, USC, or out of state hospitals for specialized treatment.  He offers world-class treatment conveniently located here in our community.

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Every patient has a personalized care plan called a Comprehensive Treatment Plan.  The plan combines what Dr. Virella describes as a “multi-modality treatment plan” that suits the needs of each patient.  He starts with a review of several factors including medical history, a physical exam, and a neurological examination that may include new tests such as  CT Scans, MRI’s,       X-rays, and a review of any past medical exams and treatments.

Using surgery only when necessary, Dr. Virella creates a treatment plan that may include chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, epidural injections, lifestyle and behavioral modifications, strength and core building exercises.  The main focus is providing a treatment plan that is minimally invasive.  The goal is for each patient to return to their life — work, activities, sports, and family responsibilities — pain free and equipped with tools for long lasting health.

On the rare occasion that a patient requires surgery, the operation is almost always done on an outpatient basis.  All of the post-operative care is handled in Dr. Virella’s office.  He follows the patients very closely with a post-operative Treatment Plan  after surgery to guarantee a full recovery.

dr. virella 4Dr. Virella is considered a pioneer in the world of Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine and Brain Surgery.  He has worked alongside some of the field’s leading visionaries, such as Edward C. Benzel, M.D. and Larry T. Khoo, M.D.    Dr. Virella attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and is a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program.  He completed his complex spine in-folding resident fellowship at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  He completed a second fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center.

While at UCLA, Dr. Virella worked hand in hand with Dr. Khoo developing and refining most of the minimally invasive spine surgery techniques that are used worldwide today.  He was involved in some of the very first minimally invasive lumbar interbody fusions that were performed on the West Coast.

Dr. Virella has authored numerous articles and lectured nationally and internationally in the field of complex and minimally invasive spine surgery.  He is also considered a specialist with extensive training in the management of cerebrovascular disease, including cerebral aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (AVM’s).  Dr. Virella is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Dr. Virella is in private practice with offices in Westlake Village and Simi Valley.  He also has affiliations with several local hospitals including, Los Robles Hospital and Medical, Simi Valley Hospital, Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital, Temple Community Hospital in Los Angeles and Mission Community Hospital in Panorama City.

Many people live with pain because the possibility of major surgery brings fears of putting life on hold.  Virella Neurosurgery abolishes those fears with personalized care and minimally invasive treatments.  His caring bedside manner and conservative treatment options create a truly positive experience for his patients.  Dr. Virella states, “I offer world class treatment and personalized care in our local community.”

“A week after surgery the numbness in my leg was completely gone, and I was walking with our dog on the block.  Now eight weeks out I’ve just started riding a bike again, something I haven’t done in probably 10 yrs. Thank you, Dr. Virella, for giving me my life back.”
Virginia V. Love

“His work is very meticulous and his bedside manner unbelievably good. No question is too small and his patience is wonderful. I would highly recommend him to anyone!

Eileen P.


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