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We found 7 spine surgeons who accept United Healthcare near New Haven, CT.

Dr. Alex Gitelman, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
789 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Alex Gitelman's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Gitelman is especially interested in spine surgery procedures. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Gitelman speaks Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include WESTMED Medical Group and Greenwich Hospital. Dr. Gitelman's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

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Dr. Gary Michael Bloomgarden, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
230 George Street
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Gary Bloomgarden practices spine surgery and neurosurgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bloomgarden honors. He obtained his medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Yale New Haven Health System, and the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center.

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Dr. Khalid M Abbed, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
333 Cedar Street; Tmp 426
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Khalid Abbed is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in Stamford, CT and New Haven, CT. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Abbed accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Abbed has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Cervical Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Herniated Disc, Lumbar Fusion, ... (Read more)

Dr. Judith Lynn Gorelick, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
789 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Judith Gorelick specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery and practices in Shelton, CT, Wallingford, CT, and New Haven, CT. The average patient rating for Dr. Gorelick is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gorelick honors Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Gorelick attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spinal Fusion, Spine Imaging, Lumbar Spine Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
789 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Shirvinda Wijesekera practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Wijesekera completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wijesekera is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Spine Problems, Hip ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
789 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. John Awad works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Fairfield, CT, Shelton, CT, and New Haven, CT. Dr. Awad's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Awad's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Kyphoplasty, Osteoporosis, Lumbar Stenosis, Spine ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
789 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Robert Dawe's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Fairfield, CT, Stratford, CT, and Shelton, CT. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Dawe is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dawe takes. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Dawe's office for an appointment. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, he performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Dawe (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Tumor, Osteoporosis, Lumbar Stenosis, Fractures

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What is Spine Surgery?

Spinal surgery is the subspecialty that uses surgery to restore the normal function of the spine when things go wrong due to trauma, disease, or other disorders. There are many ways that the spine can begin to hurt or lose the ability to move properly, and surgery is not always necessary. However, when surgery is needed, there’s no one more qualified for the job than a spine surgeon.

Spinal surgery can be considered a subspecialty of either orthopedics or neurosurgery. That means that a spine surgeon may take either path to this specific career, training first as either an orthopedist or a neurosurgeon. Orthopedics deals mainly with the structural issues of the back and spine: the bones, muscles, and joints. Neurosurgery deals mainly with issues of the brain, nerves, and spinal cord. So when choosing a spine surgeon, it is sometimes possible that your surgeon’s background will have a bearing on your particular diagnosis. However, in most cases, it doesn’t matter. Either an orthopedist-spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon-spine surgeon can handle the majority of spine surgeries. What is more important is that some spine surgeons specialize in specific areas of the spine, such as lumbar surgery or cervical surgery. In that case, it is important to connect with a surgeon who is experienced with your particular need.

Some of the surgeries performed on the spine include:
  • Correction of spinal deformities, such as scoliosis
  • Spinal fusion
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery, including decompression surgeries such as discectomy and laminectomy
  • Balloon kyphoplasty, a procedure done to repair compression fractures in vertebrae

The spine is a very complicated piece of your body’s machinery, and a very necessary part of your movement and function. It holds you up and allows you to move. Having a working spine is important, and having a skilled surgeon when you need spinal surgery is critical.