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We found 7 spine surgeons who accept Humana HMO Premier near Sarasota, FL.

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

Dr. Paul Benfanti's medical specialty is pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. He attended Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center. 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, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Benfanti's practice is open to new patients.

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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's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Sarasota, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: foot problems, spine problems, and ankle problems. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Sweeney takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia, Dr. Sweeney attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Sweeney (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He 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 is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Sarasota, FL. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lonstein is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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

Dr. Ashvin Patel practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Patel takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel has received the following distinction: 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, who practices in Sarasota, FL, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He studied medicine at Albany Medical College. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Karp is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Michael Feiertag is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. Patients gave Dr. Feiertag an average rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is a graduate of 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 specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Harper is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Harper average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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.