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

Dr. Thomas J 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; he sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. He is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Dr. Welle's medical residency was performed at Grandview Medical Center. His clinical interests include sports health and musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Welle's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Welle has an open panel.

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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, who practices in Santa Cruz, CA, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Christoffersen is rated highly by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include musculoskeletal surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Christoffersen studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Raj Kullar is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Kullar graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has indicated that his clinical interests include musculoskeletal surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Kullar (or staff) speaks 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, Fractures, Knee Problems, Ligament ... (Read more)

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. Dr. Spiegel has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He has indicated that his clinical interests include musculoskeletal surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Spiegel graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis.

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Clinical interests: Meniscus Repair, Elbow Arthroscopy, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Ligament ... (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's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Soquel, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Summa is especially interested in neurosurgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Summa is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center for residency. Dr. Summa is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spinal Instrumentation, Spinal Deformity, Spinal Trauma, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Fusion, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Howard Schwartz practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients rated Dr. Schwartz highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University. Dr. Schwartz's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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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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.