Marco C. Mendoza, MD

Marco C. Mendoza, MD

“Throughout my training, the management of spinal disorders captured my attention more than any other field. Having published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, I developed an appreciation of the intricacy and sophistication of the field. I believe spinal surgery is incredibly complex from both a clinical and technical standpoint. Proper patient selection and choice of procedure can be every bit, if not more challenging, than the surgery itself. Because every patient is different, determining who can actually benefit from the vast array of available procedures embodies the art of medicine. I take a conservative approach and have a particular interest in utilizing minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedures and motion-preserving techniques in patients who have exhausted non-operative treatments. My free time is largely spent with my wife, three children, and two dogs. I enjoy playing basketball, golf, and snowboarding.”

Board-Certified: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Fellowship: Spine Surgery, OrthoCarolina Spine Center, Charlotte, NC

Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Internship: Combined Orthopaedic Surgery, McGaw Medical Center/Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY

Member: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, North American Spine Society, Lumbar Spine Research Society, AO Spine

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Anatomy of the Spine & Spine Health

Spine Basics:–conditions/spine-basics

Low Back Basics:

Disc Herniation:

Keeping Your Back Healthy:


Osteoporosis & Spine Fractures:–conditions/osteoporosis-and-spinal-fractures/

Neck Problems

Pinched Nerve (Cervical Radiculopathy):–conditions/cervical-radiculopathy-pinched-nerve/

Neck Arthritis (Cervical Spondylosis):–conditions/cervical-spondylosis-arthritis-of-the-neck/

Spinal Cord Compression (Myelopathy):–conditions/cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-spinal-cord-compression/

Back Problems

Slipped Vertebrae (Spondylolisthesis):–conditions/adult-spondylolisthesis-in-the-low-back/

Back Pain in Children:–conditions/back-pain-in-children/

Cauda Equina:–conditions/cauda-equina-syndrome/

Lumbar Herniated Disc (Disc Bulge):–conditions/herniated-disk-in-the-lower-back/

Lumbar Herniated Disc Video:–conditions/herniated-disk-animation/

Lumbar Stenosis (Pressure on Nerves):–conditions/lumbar-spinal-stenosis/

Lumbar Stenosis Video:–conditions/spinal-stenosis-animation/

Pars Fracture (Spondylolysis):–conditions/spondylolysis-and-spondylolisthesis/

Treatments & Surgeries

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF):

Bone Grafts in Spine Surgery:

Cervical Radiculopathy Treatment Options:

Cervical Myelopathy Treatment Options:

Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF):

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery:

Transforaminal Interbody Fusion (TLIF):

Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion:

Preparing for Back Surgery:

Spinal Fusion:

Words Used During Spine Surgery:

Spine Conditioning Program:


Lumbar Laminectomy:

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10539 Professional Circle, Suite 201
Reno, NV 89521

(775) 392-3680

780 Vista Blvd, Suite 100
Sparks, NV 89434

973 Mica Drive, Suite 201
Carson City, NV 89705

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2874 N. Carson Street, Suite 105
Carson City, NV 89703

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1749 North Stewart Street, Suite 50
Carson City, NV 89706


2874 N. Carson St. Suite 210
Carson City, NV 89703

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1520 Virginia Ranch Rd, Suite 101B
Gardnerville, NV 89410

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105 C Street
Hawthorne, NV 89415

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306 Surprise Street
Yerington, NV 89447

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2170 B South Ave
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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Patient Reviews

See What Our Patients Have To Say

At Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic, we take the time to get to know each patient so that we can develop a customized treatment plan that’s tailored to his or her specific needs, lifestyle, and goals.

I truly wish I could give them more than just 5 stars!

"I couldn’t have asked for better care for my son than from the staff at Tahoe Fracture and Orthopedic. From the receptionist all the way up to the surgeon, we were treated with the utmost respect, kindness, patience, and care. They were not only quick to get him in for an examination, but were amazingly quick to fit him into the schedule to have his injury treated asap!! Thanks to them, my son is now on the road to recovery. I truly wish I could give them more than just five stars!"

Christa D. / Carson City, Nevada
Thanks Doc!

"Dr. Mike Fry is a wonderful doctor and caring person. When I saw him for the first time, he held my hand and said, “I’m going to make you well”, and he did! I had back surgery 2.5 years ago and still doing great. Thanks Doc!"

We were deeply impressed with the entire experience.

"We were deeply impressed with the entire experience. Candace should be commended for her work ethic. Also my experience with the x-ray tech was outstanding. I would not change anything."

Dr. Fry and the entire staff were excellent.

"My entire experience was just as good as I had planned…a great day! Dr. Fry and the entire staff were excellent. Thanks a lot!"

I cannot express how much of a difference this has made in my life.

"Dr. Jones and his staff through the surgical procedures and other methods they have performed over the years have enhanced my daily living experience dramatically. I am leading a more productive life without the daily pain I dealt with in the past. I cannot express how much of a difference this has made in my life."