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Dr. Patrick J Connolly Jr MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery
119 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA
(508) 334-9761

Dr. Patrick Connolly, who practices in Worcester, MA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Patients gave Dr. Connolly an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include UMass Memorial Medical Group and UMass Memorial Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Adult spinal deformity, cervical myelopathy, cervical spine disk herniation, lumbar spinal ... (Read more)

Frederik A Pennings MD, PhD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery
55 Lake Avenue N
Worcester, MA
(508) 334-0596; (508) 334-0605

Dr. Frederik Pennings is a spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist. Dr. Pennings is professionally affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Group and UMass Memorial Medical Center. He is in-network for Most Insurance Plans, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. He is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at Leiden University Medical Center. He offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Clinical interests: Complex spine surgery, regardless of etiology, including tumor, infection, degenerative spine and ... (Read more)

Michael Paul Stauff MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery
119 Belmont Street; Department of Orthopedics
Worcester, MA
(508) 334-1886; (508) 334-9764

Dr. Michael Stauff is a spine surgeon and orthopedist. He is professionally affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Group, Mountain States Health Alliance, and UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Stauff obtained his medical school training at Penn State College of Medicine and performed his residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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Christian P Dipaola MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery
119 Belmont Street; Department of Orthopedics/Spine Center
Worcester, MA
(508) 334-1886; (508) 334-8119

Dr. Christian Dipaola is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Worcester, MA. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Dipaola's medical residency was performed at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Dipaola's distinctions include: Best Poster Award, AO Spine North America Banff Fellowship Forum; North American Spine Society- The Spine Journal Outstanding Paper Award; and Best Fellow's Paper Award, Canadian Spine Society. His professional affiliations include UMass Memorial Medical Group and UMass Memorial Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Spinal deformity/scoliosis, spinal trauma, spinal tumors (metastatic and primary)

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery
123 Summer Street; Reliant Medical Group Department of Orthopedic Sur
Worcester, MA
(508) 368-3140

Dr. Thomas Kesman practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Kesman attended medical school at Dartmouth Medical School. He is an in-network provider for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) and Medicare insurance. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery
119 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA
(508) 334-9750; (508) 334-1886

Dr. Jason Eck is a spine surgeon and orthopedist. In his practice, Dr. Eck focuses on osteopathic medicine. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Eck is open to new patients. Dr. Eck attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Eck include: AO Spine North America Fellowship, 2007-2008.; American Spinal Injury Association-Synthes; and Resident Research Award, ..

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Clinical interests: Osteopathy

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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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