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We found 7 spine surgeons who accept Coventry Catastrophic near Sarasota, FL.

Dr. Paul Lawrence Benfanti, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery
5881 Rand Boulevard
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Paul Benfanti is a medical specialist in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. Dr. Benfanti's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, foot problems, and wrist problems. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and performed his residency at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Benfanti is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5922 Cattlemen Lane; Suite 201
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Sweeney works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Sarasota, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Sweeney include foot problems, spine problems, and ankle problems. Patient reviews placed Dr. Sweeney at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Sweeney attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Dr. Sweeney (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Ankle Problems, Spine Problems, Minimally Invasive Procedures, Foot Problems

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1921 Waldemere Street; Suite 609
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Mark Lonstein's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Sarasota, FL. Before performing his residency at George Washington University Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Lonstein attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Lonstein's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5741 Bee Ridge Road; Suite 370
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Ashvin Patel's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Sarasota, FL. Dr. Patel studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Patel has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5922 Cattlemen Lane; Suite 201
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. David Karp is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Karp has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from Albany Medical College.

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6050 Cattleridge Boulevard
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Michael Feiertag is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Feiertag accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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Dr. Mark Fischer Harper, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3665 Bee Ridge Road; Suite 100
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Mark Harper's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Harper has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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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.