We found 27 spine surgeons who accept United Healthcare HSA near Bellaire, TX.

Dr. Stephen Ivor Esses, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6560 Fannin; #1016
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Esses is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Houston, TX. On average, patients gave Dr. Esses a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Esses include spine surgery procedures. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Esses has received professional recognition including the following: The Toronto Hospital Award For Excellence In Teaching; Johnson and Johnson Traveling Fellowship; and North American Spine Society Best Poster Display. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Esses has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Back Problems, Spine Surgery Procedures

Dr. Darrell Scott Hanson, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6701 Fannin Street; 8th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Darrell Hanson is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Hanson obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His clinical interests encompass scoliosis. The average patient rating for Dr. Hanson is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hanson takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Spine Problems

Dr. Karl Michael Schmitt Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 2800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Karl Schmitt is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in Houston, TX. Dr. Schmitt honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians.

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Dr. Richard Randolph Maxwell Francis, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9301 Southwest Freeway; Suite 600
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Francis is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Francis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Sign Language and Spanish. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Michael Gregory Kaldis, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6560 Fannin; Suite 1016
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Kaldis works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Houston, TX. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Kaldis is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kaldis's practice is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Kaldis (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Greek.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Arthur L Day, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 2800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Arthur Day practices spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Day is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Day is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Rex A.W. Marco, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6700 West Loop South; Suite 110
Bellaire, TX
 

Dr. Rex Marco is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Marco performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Marco include scoliosis, spinal cord tumor, and cancer. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Marco is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Texas Medical Center (TMC). He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Musculoskeletal Problems, Cancer, Spine Surgery Procedures, Tumor, Bone Infection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Howard Bruce Cotler, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1200 Binz; Suite 970
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Howard Cotler is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Houston, TX. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Cotler is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. Patient ratings for Dr. Cotler average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Surgical Procedures

Dr. Mark Lawrence Prasarn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Spine Surgery
6414 Fannin Street; Suite G150
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Prasarn is a specialist in orthopedic trauma and spine surgery. He works in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Prasarn's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His education and training includes medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Prasarn is affiliated with Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC) and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Bone Spurs, Spine Reconstruction, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Spinal Pain, Lower Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vivek Pratap Kushwaha, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
5420 West Loop S; Suite 2300
Bellaire, TX
 

Dr. Vivek Kushwaha practices spine surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Kushwaha's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kushwaha is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC) and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Clinical interests: Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Alexander Eli Ropper, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite 9a, Ms: Bcm650
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alexander Ropper, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Ropper is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami, Dr. Ropper attended Tufts University School of Medicine.

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Dr. William Charles Watters III, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6624 Fannin; Suite 2600
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Watters is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Watters include back pain, knee problems, and neck pain. On average, patients gave Dr. Watters a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending Harvard Medical School, he completed his residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Watters is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Knee Problems, Neck Problems, Spine Problems, Neck Surgery, Spine ... (Read more)

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6620 Main Street; Suite 13525
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rubin Bashir works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Houston, TX. Dr. Bashir is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bashir completed a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Shah-Nawaz M Dodwad, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5420 West Loop South; Suite 2400
Bellaire, TX
 

Dr. Shah-Nawaz Dodwad's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Dodwad accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC) and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Problems

Dr. Bernhard Christoph Meyer, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bernhard Meyer practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His areas of expertise include back pain, scoliosis, and adolescent issues. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Meyer is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Meyer honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Adolescent Issues, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Lower Back Pain, Neck Problems, Spine Problems, Neck ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Spine Surgery, Sports Medicine
5420 West Loop S; Suite 2300
Bellaire, TX
 

Dr. Navin Subramanian specializes in orthopedic trauma, spine surgery, and sports medicine. Dr. Subramanian accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Subramanian's hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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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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