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We found 4 spine surgeons who accept Child Health Plus near Albany, NY.

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3 Atrium Drive; Suite 100
Albany, NY
 

Dr. John Whalen practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Albany, NY. Patient ratings for Dr. Whalen average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Whalen accepts Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, Medicaid, and more. Before completing his residency at Albany Medical Center, Dr. Whalen attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Whalen speaks Russian. His professional affiliations include St. Mary's Hospital, Troy and Samaritan Hospital.

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
47 New Scotland Ave Mc-10
Albany, NY
 

Dr. Allen Carl is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Albany, NY. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Carl is in-network for Child Health Plus, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Carl's professional affiliations include Albany Medical Center and Albany Memorial Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Pain, Tumor, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Neck Problems, Arthritis, Spine Problems, Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1367 Washington Avenue Ste300
Albany, NY
 

Dr. Robert Cheney's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Cheney is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, Medicaid, and more. Before performing his residency at Maine Medical Center, Dr. Cheney attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with St. Peter's Hospital and Albany Medical Center.

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1367 Washington Avenue Ste300
Albany, NY
 

Dr. James Lawrence works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Albany, NY. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lawrence is affiliated with Albany Memorial Hospital. He takes Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicare insurance. He attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency.

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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.