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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

(Average of 2 in 16 ratings)

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

Dr. Patrick Connolly sees patients in Worcester, MA. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Connolly accepts Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Group and UMass Memorial Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Frederik A Pennings MD, PhD

Specializes in Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

55 Lake Avenue N
Worcester, MA
(508) 334-0596; (508) 334-0605

(Average of 5 in 2 ratings)

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

Dr. Frederik Pennings specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery and practices in Worcester, MA. His professional affiliations include UMass Memorial Medical Group and UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Pennings accepts Most Insurance Plans, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. He is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Leiden University Medical Center. Dr. Pennings offers interpreting services for his 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

(Average of 3 in 2 ratings)

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

Dr. Christian Dipaola's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Group and UMass Memorial Medical Center. He accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. Dipaola is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College and residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. His 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.

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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. Dr. Stauff accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Penn State College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. His professional affiliations include UMass Memorial Medical Group, Mountain States Health Alliance, and UMass Memorial Medical Center. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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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's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He takes Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) and Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Kesman completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Kesman is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery

119 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA
(508) 334-9750; (508) 334-1886

Clinical interests: Osteopathy

Dr. Jason Eck's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Worcester, MA. In his practice, Dr. Eck focuses on osteopathic medicine. 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. He accepts Medicare insurance. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Eck include: AO Spine North America Fellowship, 2007-2008.; American Spinal Injury Association-Synthes; and Resident Research Award, .. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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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