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We found 3 spine surgeons who accept Unicare near Frisco, TX.

Dr. Richard Don Guyer, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5601 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX

Dr. Richard Guyer is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Guyer completed a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of expertise consist of minimally invasive surgery and disc replacement. Dr. Guyer honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors; Top Doc, D Magazine; and Most Compassionate Doctor. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Disc Replacement, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Stephen Robert Neece, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
7000 Parkwood Boulevard; Suite F-300
Frisco, TX

Dr. Stephen Neece's medical specialty is spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Neece is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include back pain and spine surgery procedures. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Secure Horizons, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at Parkland Health & Hospital System for residency. He is affiliated with Centennial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Spine Problems, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Scott Turner, MD, PhD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
12505 Lebanon Road
Frisco, TX

Dr. Michael Turner is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago, Dr. Turner attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: back injuries, cervical (neck) spine problems, and bulging disc. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Centennial Medical Center, Denton Regional Medical Center, and Baylor Scott & White Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Turner's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Disc Replacement, Bone Spurs, Scoliosis, Lower Back Pain, Back Problems, Lumbar Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

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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.