Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Jonathan Volk, MD

Infectious Diseases

Welcome to My Doctor Online, a web site that my colleagues and I developed to make it easier for you to take care of your healthcare needs. On this site you will find answers to many of your questions about my clinical practice. Also included are several online features that will allow you to e-mail me, check your laboratory results and refill prescriptions. I hope you find its content informative and useful.

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San Francisco Medical Center
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Health Tools and Classes

My colleagues and I are proud to offer you an array of trusted and convenient resources that support your health and your health care experience at Kaiser Permanente. Explore these tools and classes at times and places that work for you and your family.

Classes and Coaching

Take control with health and wellness classes, individual counseling and support group resources.

Living Healthy

Change your habits and embrace a healthy lifestyle for life.

Prepare for Your Procedure - Emmi

Understand what will happen before, during and after a medical procedure with these interactive programs.

 

Classes and Coaching

Topic Tools
Healthy Living Search our database to find convenient, comprehensive health and wellness classes, individual counseling and support group resources, self-help kits and our healthy living stores. Health Classes
Healthy Living Learn how wellness coaches can help you create a plan for reaching your health goals. Wellness Coaching

Living Healthy

Topic Tools
Cold and Flu This Cold and Flu site was created to provide you helpful tips, tools and information to help get you through the season in good health. Cold, Flu and Cough
Healthy Living Search our database to find convenient, comprehensive health and wellness classes, individual counseling and support group resources, self-help kits and our healthy living stores. Health Classes
Healthy Living Learn how wellness coaches can help you create a plan for reaching your health goals. Wellness Coaching
Mental Health Need help reducing stress during the holidays? This podcast explores how holidays stress can sometimes trigger depression. Find ways to manage stress, stay healthy, and enjoy the holidays. (13 minutes) Holiday Depression
Prediabetes These videos focus on five important health topics that speak to the unique health care needs of the Latino community as well as two of the greatest health risks to Latinos today: diabetes and obesity. (5 Tracks) Choose Health
Prediabetes Learn about prediabetes with videos, classes or online tutorials. Track your progress and connect with others for support. Talk to a personal Wellness Coach to plan next steps. Prediabetes: A Healthy Game Plan
Prediabetes (Spanish) Estos vídeos se enfocan en cinco temas importantes sobre las necesidades únicas de la salud en la comunidad latina, así como dos de los mayores riesgos de la salud para los latinos hoy en día: la diabetes y la obesidad. (5 vídeos) Escoge la salud
Skin Dr. William Lide, Dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente discusses how to protect your skin from the sun, while enjoying the great outdoors. (9 minutes) Sun Protection
Sleep This guided imagery program creates an atmosphere of protection and safety using images that are evocative enough to successfully replace the brain chatter that keeps us awake. Recorded music draws mind, body and spirit down into deep, restful sleep. (3 Tracks) Healthful Sleep Podcast
Smoking Did you know there are medicines that can help you quit tobacco? We offer many options, including nicotine replacement medicines, non-nicotine medicines, and combination medicines. Our animated online program will help you learn more about which medication might be right for you, how to manage withdrawal symptoms, and how to succeed in quitting tobacco for good. Quit Tobacco Medications
Smoking HealthMedia® Breathe™ is an online program that helps give you a complete look at why it's hard to quit smoking and supports your motivation to give up the habit. Quit smoking with Breathe™
Stress This interactive questionnaire generates a customized action plan that shows you successful ways to reduce stress. Reduce stress with Relax™
Stress When you are feeling stressed, this program can help you relax and bring about a feeling of calm. Relaxation and Wellness
Stress This guided imagery program uses 4 exercises to help you master stress and relieve anxiety. The exercises are designed to encourage feelings of love, safety and protection. The program includes a soothing, walking meditation as well as affirmations to use any time. It integrates simple breathing techniques along with the images. (4 Tracks) Relieve Stress Podcast
Stress Kaiser Permanente surgeon Dr. Todd Dray discusses ways to identify stress and how it affects your daily life, and then outlines steps you can take today to reduce stress. (12 minutes) Stress Management
Stress Using a combination of relaxation techniques, guided imagery, and music, this program helps you manage stress and other symptoms due to chronic pain or other chronic conditions. (5 part series) Stress Management for Medical Conditions
Stress This tool will help you determine your stress level based on the number of life changes you have had recently. What is Your Stress Level?
Weight, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Use this Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator to quickly learn if you are at a healthy weight for your height. BMI Calculator
Weight, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy to improve your health. Find resources to help you reach your goals. Eat Well, Be Active, Live Better
Weight, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Created for busy parents striving to provide healthy meals for their families, these three videos offer practical tips for shopping, cooking and preparing snacks. (3 videos) Healthy Tips for Families: Shopping, Cooking and Snacking
Women's Health Dr. Tracy Flanagan describes why cervical cancer screening is an important part of maintaining your health. Learn about what to expect during your Pap test appointment. (2 minutes) Cervical Cancer Screening Saves Lives
Women's Health (Spanish) La Dra. Janet Wiese describe por qué las pruebas de detección de cáncer de cuello de útero son importantes para conservar la salud. Conozca qué sucede durante la cita para la prueba de Papanicolaou. La detección del cáncer de cuello del útero salva vidas

Prepare for Your Procedure - Emmi

Topic Tools
Anesthesia What to expect when getting anesthesia for pain during a surgery; covers general, spinal and epidural anesthesia; explains moderate sedation. (20 minutes) Anesthesia for an Adult (Emmi)
Anesthesia What to expect when your child is getting anesthesia for a surgery; covers how to prepare your child and different types of anesthesia used. (25 minutes) Anesthesia for your Child (Emmi)
Birth Control What to expect before, during and after surgery to block the fallopian tubes for permanent birth control. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Permanent Birth Control: Micro-Inserts (Emmi)
Birth Control What to expect before, during and after surgery to cut the fallopian tubes for permanent birth control. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Tubal Ligation, Interval (Emmi)
Breast Biopsy What to expect before, during and after this procedure to take a sample of breast tissue for testing. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (19 minutes) Needle Breast Biopsy for Diagnosis (Emmi)
Breast Biopsy What to expect before, during and after this procedure to take a sample of breast tissue for testing. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (23 minutes) Surgical Breast Biopsy for Diagnosis (Emmi)
Breast Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to augment breast size with saline implants. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Breast Augmentation, Saline-Filled Implants (Emmi)
Breast Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to augment breast size with gel implants. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Breast Augmentation, Silicone Gel-Filled Implants (Emmi)
Breast Surgery Overview of options for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, including using your own tissue or implants. Covers risk and benefits of options. (20 minutes) Breast Reconstruction (Emmi)
Breast Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to reduce breast size. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Breast Reduction (Emmi)
Breast Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to treat breast cancer by removing the cancerous growth. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Lumpectomy (Emmi)
Breast Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to remove breast tissue. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Mastectomy (Emmi)
Breastfeeding Breastfeeding is a learned skill for you and your baby after childbirth. Find tips and answers to common questions. Breastfeeding (Emmi)
Cancer Treatment Covers the basics of getting chemotherapy to treat cancer, including life during treatment, side effects, and common concerns. (25 minutes) Chemotherapy (Emmi)
Cancer Treatment Covers the basics of getting external-beam radiation therapy, including life during treatment and side effects. (25 minutes) Radiation Therapy (Emmi)
Cervical Procedures What to expect before, during and after this procedure to examine the cervix. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (15 minutes) Colposcopy (Emmi)
Cervical Procedures What to expect before, during and after surgery to remove abnormal tissue from the cervix. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) LEEP (Emmi)
Childbirth What to expect before, during and after surgery to deliver a baby through cuts that are made in the belly and uterus. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery after childbrith. (25 minutes) C-Section (Emmi)
Childbirth What to expect during labor and delivery. Explains common interventions such as medication to induce labor and pain medication such as epidural. (35 minutes) Childbirth (Emmi)
Childbirth Information on what to expect during a hospital stay for childbirth and going home with your new baby. (16 min) Having Your Baby, What To Expect (Emmi)
Childbirth Explains epidurals, spinal blocks, and other medications to ease pain during labor and delivery. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Medication for Pain Management During Labor (Emmi)
Childbirth What to expect before, during, and after a vaginal birth following a previous C-section. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery after childbirth. (20 minutes) Vaginal Birth After C-Section (VBAC) (Emmi)
Eardrum Surgery What to expect before, during and after this surgery on the eardrum. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Myringotomy for your Child (Emmi)
Eye Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to remove a cataract and place a lens implant in the eye. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Cataract Surgery (Emmi)
Eye Surgery What to expect before, during and after this vision correction surgery. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) LASIK (Emmi)
Eyelid Surgery What to expect before, during and after this eyelid surgery. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Blepharoplasty (Emmi)
Gallbladder Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to remove the gallbladder through small incisions. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Cholecystectomy, Laparoscopic (Emmi)
Gastroenterology Exams What to expect before, during and after a procedure to examine the inside of the colon and remove small polyps, if necessary. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Colonoscopy (Emmi)
Gastroenterology Exams What to expect before, during and after a procedure that uses a small tube to look for, and possibly treat, problems in your upper digestive system. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Upper GI Endoscopy (Emmi)
Gastroenterology Surgery What to expect before, during, and after surgery to remove some or all of the large intestine (colon). Covers risks and benefits, and tips for enhanced recovery. (25 minutes) Colectomy (Emmi)
Gastroenterology Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to clear a blocked bile duct or pancreatic duct. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) ERCP (Emmi)
Hand Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to relieve pressure on the wrist nerve. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Carpal Tunnel Release (Emmi)
Heart Conditions Understanding treatment options for irregular heart beat, also known as AFib. Covers risks and benefits of medication and surgery. (20 minutes) Atrial Fibrillation (Emmi)
Heart Implanted Devices What to expect before, during and after surgery to implant a pacemaker device to the heart. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Cardiac Pacemaker (Emmi)
Heart Implanted Devices What to expect before, during and after this procedure to place a CRT-D defibrillator in the chest. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) DEFIB (Cardiac Resynchroniziation Therapy Defibrillator) (Emmi)
Heart Implanted Devices What to expect before, during and after this procedure to place an ICD defibrillator in the chest. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) DEFIB (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrilator) (Emmi)
Heart Procedures What to expect before, during and after surgery to treat irregular heartbeat. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Catheter Ablation for AFib (Emmi)
Heart Procedures What to expect before, during and after surgery to treat a racing heartbeat. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Catheter Ablation for SVT (Emmi)
Heart Procedures What to expect before, during and after surgery to treat a heartbeat problem causing low blood pressure. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Catheter Ablation for VT (Emmi)
Heart Valve Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to replace a valve to the heart. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Aortic Valve Replacement (Emmi)
Heart Valve Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to repair or replace a heart valve. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery (30 minutes) Mitral Valve Repair or Replacement (Emmi)
Heart and Artery Surgery What to expect before, during and after a procedure to discover if blood vessels to the heart are blocked or narrowed and to possibly treat any blockages. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Angiogram with Possible Angioplasty (Emmi)
Heart and Artery Surgery What to expect before, during and after a surgery to unblock arteries in the neck. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Carotid Endarterectomy (Emmi)
Heart and Artery Surgery What to expect before, during and after this surgery to improve blood flow to the heart. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Coronary Bypass Surgery (CABG) (Emmi)
Hernia Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to repair a hole or weak area in the abdominal wall that occured on the site of an old incision. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Hernia, Incisional (Emmi)
Hernia Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to repair a hole or weak area in the abdominal wall. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Hernia, Inguinal (Emmi)
Hip Surgery What to expect before, during, and after surgery to place a hip implant. Covers risks and benefits, and tips for enhanced recovery. (20 minutes) Total Hip Replacement (Emmi)
Hospital Stay Ways to keep your child safe before, during, and after your visit to the hospital or surgery center. Covers what to expect during your child's stay. (10 minutes) Patient Safety for Your Child (Emmi)
Hysterectomy Covers what to expect after a hysterectomy, including preparing for recovery and medical changes after the procedure. Also addresses common questions. (20 minutes) Hysterectomy Recovery (Emmi)
Hysterectomy Step-by-step overview of estrogen therapy after a hysterectomy. Covers what estrogen can do for you, how hormones affect your body, and alternatives. (15 minutes) Hysterectomy Recovery, Estrogen Therapy (Emmi)
Hysterectomy What to expect before, during and after surgery to remove the uterus through an abdominal cut. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Hysterectomy, Abdominal (Emmi)
Hysterectomy What to expect before, during and after surgery to remove the uterus through the vagina. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Hysterectomy, Vaginal (Emmi)
Knee Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to replace a torn knee ligament with healthy tissue. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) ACL Reconstruction (Emmi)
Knee Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to look inside and treat the knee. Includes risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Knee Arthroscopy (Emmi)
Knee Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to place a knee implant. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Total Knee Replacement (Emmi)
Medications What to expect when taking Warfarin (Coumadin), a medication to prevent blood clots. How to manage and monitor your medication and what can affect your dosage level. (25 mins) Taking Warfarin (Coumadin®) (Emmi)
Nose Surgery What to expect before, during and after nose surgery. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Rhinoplasty or Septorhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) (Emmi)
Nose Surgery What to expect before, during and after nose surgery to straighten the nasal septum. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Septoplasty (Emmi)
Parathyroid Surgery What to expect before, during and after this surgery to remove your parathyroid gland(s). Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Parathyroidectomy (Emmi)
Plastic Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to tighten sagging skin on your lower face and neck. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Facelift (Emmi)
Plastic Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to remove unwanted fat. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (15 minutes) Liposuction (Emmi)
Plastic Surgery - Tummy Tuck What to expect before, during and after tummy tuck surgery. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) (Emmi)
Prostate Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to remove the entire prostate gland. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 mins) Radical Prostatectomy (Emmi)
Prostate Surgery What to expect before, during and after robot-assisted surgery to remove the entire prostate gland. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Radical Prostatectomy, Robot-Assisted (Emmi)
Prostate Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to treat an enlarged prostate gland (benign prostatitic hyperplasia, or BPH). Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Transurethral Resection or Ablation of the Prostate (Emmi)
Shoulder Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to look inside and treat the shoulder. Includes risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Shoulder Arthroscopy (Emmi)
Shoulder Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to replace your shoulder joint with an implant. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Shoulder Replacement (Emmi)
Sinus Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to open up your sinuses. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (Emmi)
Sleep Disorder Explains obstructive sleep apnea, testing for this condition, and treatment options that exist. (20 minutes) Sleep Apnea (Emmi)
Spine Surgery What to expect before, during and after orthopedic surgery to the neck. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (Emmi)
Spine Surgery What to expect before, during and after this lower spine surgery. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (35 minutes) Lumbar Interbody Fusion, Posterior (Emmi)
Spine Surgery What to expect before, during and after this lower spine surgery. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Lumbar Laminectomy (Emmi)
Spine Surgery What to expect before, during and after this lower spine surgery. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Lumbar Microdiscectomy (Emmi)
Throat and Lung Exam What to expect before, during and after a procedure to look inside your lungs with a small camera and possibly treat any condition that is found. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Bronchoscopy (Emmi)
Thyroid Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to remove the thyroid gland. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Thyroidectomy (Emmi)
Toe Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to remove a bunion from the outside of your toe and straighten out the toe, if necessary. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Bunionectomy with Possible Osteotomy (Emmi)
Tonsil Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to remove tissue from the back of a child's throat. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Tonsillectomy with Possible Adenoidectomy for your Child (Emmi)
Transplant Surgery What to expect before, during and after a deceased donor kidney transplant. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Kidney Transplant, Deceased Donor (Emmi)
Transplant Surgery What to expect before, during and after a living donor kidney transplant. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Kidney Transplant, Living Donor (Emmi)
Transplant Surgery What to expect before, during and after donating a kidney. Covers common questions, the evaluation process, and risks and benefits. (15 minutes) Kidney, Becoming a Donor (Emmi)
Transplant Surgery The basics of organ transplantation, including evaluation for getting an organ, the national waiting list, and how to prepare for the procedure. (25 minutes) Organ Transplant Overview (Emmi)
Urology Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to treat urinary incontinence in women. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Urethral Sling (Emmi)
Urology Surgery What to expect before, during and after a procedure providing permanent birth control for men. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Vasectomy (Emmi)
Uterine Procedures What to expect before, during and after surgery to look inside the abdomen. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Laparoscopy (Emmi)
Uterine Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to remove a fibroid from the uterus. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery.(30 minutes) Myomectomy, Abdominal (Emmi)
Venous Access Port What to expect before, during and after this procedure to make it easier to get medicine into your body. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Jugular Venous Access Port (Emmi)
Venous Access Port What to expect before, during and after surgery to implant a small entry point near the collarbone for putting medicine into your bloodstream. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Subclavian Venous Access Port (Emmi)
Weight Loss Surgery What to expect before, during and after weight loss surgery to reduce the size of the stomach and bypass a part of the small intestine. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (35 minutes) Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic (Emmi)
Weight Loss Surgery What to expect before, during and after weight loss surgery that reduces the size of the stomach. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Sleeve Gastrectomy (Emmi)
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