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We found 3 spine surgeons who accept Coventry Bronze HMO near Allentown, PA.

Dr. William Timothy Howard, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery, Other
1 Childrens Hospital Drive; 4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. W. Ward is a specialist in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Ward accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. He is affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Presbyterian, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Neck Surgery

Dr. Mark Alan Fye, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1307 Federal Street; 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Mark Fye is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with UPMC East, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC McKeesport. After completing medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Dr. Fye performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fye accepts.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Neck Surgery

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1307 Federal Street; 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Gary Schmidt specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Schmidt takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine.

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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.