We found 4 spine surgeons who accept Coventry Bronze HMO near Huntington, WV.

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Dr. Charles Edward Shuff, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1600 Medical Center Drive; Suite G500
Huntington, WV
 

Dr. Charles Shuff's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Shuff include spine problems. He is in-network for Coventry, Aetna, and Coventry Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Shuff attended Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Tumor, Fractures, Arthritis, Spine Problems, Cancer, Trauma

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1600 Medical Center Drive; Suite G500
Huntington, WV
 

Dr. Alan Koester is a hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. He accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery
1600 Medical Center Drive; Suite G500
Huntington, WV
 

Dr. Viorel Raducan's specialties are pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. He graduated from the University of Montreal Faculty of Medicine and McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Raducan is affiliated with Huntington VA Medical Center.

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2828 1st Avenue; Suite 400
Huntington, WV
 

Dr. Robert Lowe, who practices in Huntington, WV, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Lowe is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Vanderbilt University 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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