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 area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Clinical interests for Dr. Spiegel include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Spiegel has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Spiegel speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic 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, 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 specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of clinical interest consist of sports health and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Welle takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He obtained his medical school training at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and performed his residency at Grandview Medical Center. He is 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 is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Santa Cruz, CA. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Christoffersen include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Christoffersen takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Christoffersen trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Christoffersen is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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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 orthopedist. Dr. Kullar has indicated that his clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Kullar obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Kullar (or staff) speaks Spanish and Punjabi.

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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, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1661 Soquel Drive; Suite F
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Summa is a specialist in spine surgery, neurosurgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in neurosurgery. Dr. Summa's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He obtained his medical school training at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Summa is rated highly by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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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 works as an orthopedic surgeon. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Schwartz honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schwartz's office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University, Dr. Schwartz attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school.

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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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