We found 7 spine surgeons who accept Blue Advantage Plus Gold 101 near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Darrell Scott Hanson, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite A10
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Darrell Hanson is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests encompass scoliosis. Dr. Hanson is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Texas Medical Center (TMC). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Hanson completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hanson has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Spine Problems

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 practices spine surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine in Houston, TX and Bellaire, TX. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kushwaha is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (MHOSH), and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX).

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Clinical interests: Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion

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

Dr. William Watters is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Watters attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Areas of expertise for Dr. Watters include back pain, knee problems, and neck pain. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Watters is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to 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. Alexander Eli Ropper, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite 9a, Ms: Bcm650
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alexander Ropper is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. His education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ropper accepts.

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6620 Main Street; Suite 13525
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rubin Bashir is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Houston, TX. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Bashir attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital.

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

Dr. Walter Sassard works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sassard has a special interest in knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and spinal fusion. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Sassard takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He obtained his medical school training at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and performed his residency at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
7700 Main Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Jones specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Jones graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He accepts 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.
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