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We found 15 spine surgeons who accept Humana Platinum 500/HMO Premier near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Stephen Esses is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Esses average 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Esses include arthritis surgery, osteoporosis, and spinal fusion. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Esses takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Esses trained at Wellesley Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: The Toronto Hospital Award For Excellence; In Teaching; and Johnson And Johnson Traveling Fellowship. Dr. Esses is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Ronald Wayne Lindsey, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Spine Surgery, Trauma Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ronald Lindsey's medical specialty is orthopedic trauma, spine surgery, and trauma surgery. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include knee problems, upper extremity surgery, and spinal fusion. Dr. Lindsey takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. Dr. Lindsey has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Karl Schmitt's specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. He practices in Houston, TX. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schmitt accepts. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Schmitt's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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Dr. Rex Alexander Wong Marco, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6445 Main Street; Suite 2500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rex Marco's specialties are oncology (cancer care), spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Houston, TX and Bellaire, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: scoliosis, spinal cord tumor, and cancer. Patients rated Dr. Marco highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1200 Binz Street; Suite 970
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Howard Cotler, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Cotler attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cotler honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. William Charles Iii Watters III, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Watters works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Houston, TX. He attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical interests for Dr. Watters include back pain, knee problems, and neck pain. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Watters accepts. Dr. Watters has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Walter Randall Sassard, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Walter Sassard's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. He has a special interest in knee problems, spinal fusion, and neck surgery. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Sassard attended Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Charlotte Memorial Hospital for residency. Patient reviews placed Dr. Sassard at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Arthur Day works as a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in Humble, TX and Houston, TX. He studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Patients rated Dr. Day highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and more. Dr. Day is affiliated with Memorial Hermann.

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Dr. Vivek Pratap Kushwaha, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1315 St Joseph Parkway; Suite 800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Vivek Kushwaha, who practices in Houston, TX, Bellaire, TX, and Kingwood, TX, is a medical specialist in spine surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Kushwaha honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, Dr. Kushwaha performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Clinical interests: Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Dr. Mark L Prasarn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Spine Surgery
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 1700
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Prasarn, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in orthopedic trauma and spine surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Prasarn average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. Dr. Prasarn has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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

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

Dr. Michael Kaldis' specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Kaldis attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include back pain, scoliosis, and arthroscopic surgery. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kaldis accepts. Dr. Kaldis is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Shoulder Problems, Lower Back Pain, Arthroscopic Surgery, Neck Problems, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Camille Jacob George, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Sports Medicine
4126 Southwest Frwy; Suite 800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Camille George is a hand surgeon, spine surgeon, and orthopedic reconstructive surgeon. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. George honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. George attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency.

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Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Spine Surgery, Sports Medicine
1315 Saint Joseph Parkway; Suite 800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Navin Subramanian specializes in orthopedic trauma, spine surgery, and sports medicine and practices in Bellaire, TX, Houston, TX, and Kingwood, TX. He studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Subramanian accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Subramanian is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Dr. Michael Hooman Moghimi, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3410 Louisiana Street; Apartment 3315
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Moghimi's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Austin, TX and Houston, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Cedar Park Regional Medical Center. Dr. Moghimi attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Moghimi is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
7401 S. Main
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Yigal Samocha's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Plano, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Samocha graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Patient ratings for Dr. Samocha average 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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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.