Orthopaedic Surgeon in Sacramento, California (CA)

George D. Picetti MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon


  • Sutter Neuroscience Medical Group
    2800 L Street, Suite 500
    Sacramento, California, 95816 - United States
    Phone: (916) 454-6850

About Our Practice

George D. Picetti, III, M.D., is a highly specialized minimally-invasive adult and pediatric spine surgeon at the Sutter Neuroscience Medical Group and Sutter Neuroscience Institute at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.

Known internationally for his minimally-invasive approach to scoliosis treatment, Dr. Picetti has developed new treatment options for adults and children with scoliosis and degenerative lumbar disorders. His innovative approach to spine and scoliosis surgery minimizes incision scarring and reduces the amount of damage to tissue and blood loss occurring during surgery. In addition, he is widely recognized as the expert in highly complex adult deformity and reconstruction.

Professional Interests
Dr. Picetti specializes in complex adult and pediatric spine surgery and spine deformity reconstruction. He treats patients with a wide-range of spine disorders including scoliosis, spine bifida, kyphosis, congenital and developmental spinal abnormalities, tumors, infections and fractures.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Dr. Picetti is one of the most widely recognized minimally invasive spine surgeons. In the mid-1990s Dr. Picetti began to pioneer an endoscopic instrumentation for the treatment of scoliosis. Endoscopes allow the surgeon to see inside the body and operate through small incisions called portals.

Using this technique for scoliosis and spine surgery, scars are dramatically less noticeable, blood loss during surgery is reduced, there is less disruption to the rib cage, muscles and other soft tissues, post-operative pain is lessened, fewer days are spent in the hospital, and rehabilitation and recovery are easier and faster.

Working with Children
Dr. Picetti specializes in treating children with scoliosis and other spine abnormalities, and is head of minimally invasive spine surgery at the Children’s Center. The goal of the Children’s Center is to provide each child access to the most advanced surgical treatments, including minimally invasive treatment options. Using a patient- and family-centered care approach to care, Dr. Picetti can tailor an individual treatment plan for each child and explain the plan to the family.

When a minimally invasive surgical treatment is an option (surgery without the large incision), children are able to spend less time recovering in the hospital and are able to get back to their pain-free lifestyles much faster than traditional surgeries.

Dr. Picetti is part of the Children’s Center Neurosurgery department that also includes board-certified pediatric neurosurgeon Samuel Ciricillo, M.D., FACS, and a multidisciplinary team of pediatric specialists, specially trained nurses and child life specialist.

  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Board Certified
  • Fellowship Trained
Area of Focus
  • Degenerative Spine
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Trauma
  • Tumor / Infection
  • Scoliosis Research Society
Hospital Affiliations
  • Sutter General Hospital
  • Sutter Memorial Hospital
  • Sutter Medical Center
University Affiliations
  • University of San Francisco
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