We found 2 spine surgeons who accept Humana Platinum 0/Austin HMOx near Cedar Park, TX.

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Dr. Ryan Christopher Murdock, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery
1301 Medical Parkway; Suite 330
Cedar Park, TX
 

Dr. Ryan Murdock's areas of specialization are pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery; he sees patients in Austin, TX and Cedar Park, TX. In Dr. Murdock's practice, he is particularly interested in musculoskeletal problems. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, and the University Medical Center Brackenridge.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Problems

Dr. Craig Allen Kuhns, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2500 S Lakeline Boulevard
Cedar Park, TX
 

Dr. Craig Kuhns is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Kuhns takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School 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.
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