We found 3 spine surgeons who accept United Healthcare near New Haven, CT.

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Dr. Gary Michael Bloomgarden, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
230 George Street
New Haven, CT

Dr. Gary Bloomgarden's medical specialty is spine surgery and neurosurgery. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Bloomgarden's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bloomgarden takes. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Dallas, Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG), and Yale New Haven Health System.

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Dr. Khalid M Abbed, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
333 Cedar Street; Tmp 426
New Haven, CT

Dr. Khalid Abbed's areas of specialization are spine surgery and neurosurgery; he sees patients in Stamford, CT and New Haven, CT. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Abbed accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Abbed's residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Cervical Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Herniated Disc, Lumbar ... (Read more)

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 270
Hamden, CT

Dr. Shirvinda Wijesekera's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Wijesekera is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wijesekera accepts. Dr. Wijesekera is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Spinal Trauma, Arthritis, Hip ... (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.
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