We found 6 orthopedic surgeons who accept CIGNA Indemnity near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Dr. James D Spiegel, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. James Spiegel's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. Patients rated Dr. Spiegel highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Spiegel performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Meniscus Repair, Sports Health, Elbow Arthroscopy, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas James Welle, DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Welle's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. In his practice, Dr. Welle focuses on sports health and orthopedic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After completing medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Dr. Welle performed his residency at Grandview Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Welle is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Meniscus Repair, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Elbow Arthroscopy, Shoulder Dislocation, Women's Sports ... (Read more)

Dr. Karl J Christoffersen, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Karl Christoffersen is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Christoffersen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Christoffersen trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Patients rated Dr. Christoffersen highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Meniscus Repair, Knee Problems, Orthopedic Surgery, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Rotator Cuff ... (Read more)

Dr. Raj S Kullar, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Raj Kullar is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. After completing medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Dr. Kullar performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Clinical interests for Dr. Kullar include orthopedic surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kullar (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Punjabi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Meniscus Repair, Sports Health, Dupuytren's Contracture, PCL Reconstruction, Fractures, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher D Summa, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1661 Soquel Drive; Suite F
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Summa is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Soquel, CA, Capitola, CA, and Santa Cruz, CA. Before completing his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Dr. Summa attended medical school at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. His clinical interests encompass neurosurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Summa's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Artificial Disc Replacement, Spinal Instrumentation, Spinal Deformity, Spinal Trauma, Spinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Howard S Schwartz, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Howard Schwartz is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Santa Cruz, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Schwartz is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Schwartz honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University, Dr. Schwartz attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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What is Orthopedic Surgery?

Orthopedic surgeons, sometimes just called orthopedists, are surgical doctors of the musculoskeletal system. They work to keep your body active and in motion by treating problems with your bones, joints, tendons and muscles. The most frequently treated disorder seen by orthopedic surgeons is osteoarthritis, a common “wear-and-tear” problem where the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones wears down, causing friction and pain. Orthopedic surgeons might also see patients for bone and joint deformities, amputation, infections of the bone and joint, overuse injuries, or nerve compression.

Orthopedic surgeons can order tests such as blood work and x-rays to get a clearer picture of the issue. Depending on the illness or injury, more than one different form of treatment may be used. Treatment may include:

  • Surgery, such as fusing bones together to increase stability, or replacing a joint
  • Medication, such as pain medication or steroids to promote healing
  • Casts, splints, or orthotics (devices such as braces or shoe inserts to support the body)
  • Physical therapy, a kind of treatment using exercise, stretching, heat, and massage to heal the body
  • Exercise, stretching, movement, and use of the affected part

Orthopedic surgeons also work to prevent injuries and slow the progression of disease in their patients. They educate patients on ways to prevent future injuries, and they treat illness in order to prevent further damage to bones or joints that may be affected by disease. The goal of an orthopedic surgeon is to help their patients restore movement and regain an active life.

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