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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 is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Connolly's hospital/clinic affiliations include UMass Memorial Medical Group and UMass Memorial Medical Center. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Connolly completed a residency program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Connolly average 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Connolly is an in-network provider for Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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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

Dr. Frederik Pennings practices spine surgery and neurosurgery in Worcester, MA. He is in-network for Most Insurance Plans, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of Leiden University Medical Center. Dr. Pennings offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Group and UMass Memorial Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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

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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's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Worcester, MA. Dr. Dipaola is professionally affiliated with UMass Memorial Medical Group and UMass Memorial Medical Center. He studied medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He trained at the University of Rochester Medical Center for his residency. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. 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. He welcomes new patients.

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

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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 specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Dr. Stauff attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UMass Memorial Medical Group, Mountain States Health Alliance, and UMass Memorial Medical Center. 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 specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Kesman is in-network for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) and Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at Dartmouth Medical School. He completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Kesman's practice 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

Dr. Jason Eck is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Worcester, MA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in osteopathic medicine. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Eck's practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine 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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