We found 5 spine surgeons who accept United Healthcare near New Haven, CT.

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

Dr. Gary Bloomgarden is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Texas Health Dallas, Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG), and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Bloomgarden takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Michael Francis OBrien, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Other, Pediatric Spine Surgery
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT

Dr. Michael O'Brien is a pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and pediatric spine surgery specialist. Dr. O'Brien attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. O'Brien accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Children's Hospital and VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

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Clinical interests: Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Neck Problems, Spine Problems, Trauma

Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Spine Surgery
800 Howard Avenue; Yale Physicians Bldg - 1st Floor
New Haven, CT

Dr. James Yue specializes in orthopedic trauma and spine surgery. Dr. Yue (or staff) is conversant in German and French. His areas of expertise consist of spine problems, fractures (broken bones), and trauma. Dr. Yue is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Yue is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Artificial Disc Replacement, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Fractures, Lower ... (Read more)

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 270
Hamden, CT

Dr. Shirvinda Wijesekera is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Hamden, CT and Milford, CT. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Wijesekera takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency.

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Clinical interests: Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Spinal Trauma, Arthritis, Orthopedic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Khalid Abbed is a spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist in Stamford, CT and New Haven, CT. Patients gave Dr. Abbed an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. 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. He welcomes new patients.

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

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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.
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