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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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Gitelman average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gitelman include spine surgery procedures. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. He is conversant in Russian. Dr. Gitelman is affiliated with 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 is a spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Bloomgarden is affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Yale New Haven Health System, and the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Bloomgarden takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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's specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His professional affiliations include Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Abbed takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Abbed attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school.

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

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
789 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Judith Gorelick is a spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist in Shelton, CT, Wallingford, CT, and New Haven, CT. She is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. She studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Gorelick completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and ConnectiCare. Dr. Gorelick's practice is open to 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 is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Hamden, CT, Milford, CT, and New Haven, CT. Dr. Wijesekera attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Wijesekera is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice 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 specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Fairfield, CT, Shelton, CT, and New Haven, CT. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Awad attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Awad's professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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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 is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dawe is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of New York Medical College and a graduate of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center's residency program. Dr. Dawe (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Dawe is accepting new patients.

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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.