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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 specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Santa Cruz, CA. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Welle's areas of expertise consist of sports health and musculoskeletal surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He trained at Grandview Medical Center for residency. Dr. Welle's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Welle is accepting 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 an orthopedic surgeon. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Christoffersen has indicated that his clinical interests include musculoskeletal surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine, he performed his residency 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. Dr. Christoffersen 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 Santa Cruz, CA physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Kullar graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has indicated that his clinical interests include musculoskeletal surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kullar (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Punjabi. His professional 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 Dr. Kullar's 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 specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Spiegel is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in musculoskeletal surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Spiegel attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Spiegel is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Soquel, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Summa's education and training includes medical school at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He is especially interested in neurosurgery. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Summa is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. His 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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Clinical interests: Spinal Instrumentation, Spinal Trauma, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Fusion, Arthroplasty, Neurosurgical ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Howard Schwartz is an orthopedist in Santa Cruz, CA. He obtained his medical school training at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University. Dr. Schwartz's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Schwartz is 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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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.