Dr. Joseph Aferzon, MD

Dr. Joseph Aferzon, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 55
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Dr. Joseph Aferzon, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Portland, CT. He is 55 years old and has been practicing for 22 years.Read his story

595 Main St

Portland, CT 06480

Contact Information

(860) 832-4664

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Connecticare
  • EmblemHealth
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • 2 More

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Top Care Areas


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Spine Disorders
more than 79% of peers
Spinal Stenosis
more than 78% of peers
Herniated Disc
more than 71% of peers

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Dr. Aferzon's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Aferzon "As a leader, inventor and teacher, Dr. Aferzon has over 20 years of experience in treating complex spine conditions utilizing latest state-of-the art minimally invasive techniques, some developed by him and some learned from prior industry leaders. Dr. Aferzon has over 20 patents and multiple spine devices successfully used throughout the country. Dr. Aferzon teaches other spine surgeons, and consults multiple medical device companies in development of new spine products. Most recently, Dr. Aferzon has refocused his practice to perform most spine surgeries, including fusions, in Surgical Centers where patients go home same day. "

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Aferzon "As specialists in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, we can provide a competent and compassionate care to our patients. Each approach is custom tailored to individual conditions. We are inventors of techniques and hold numerous medical device patents that are now implanted throughout the world. We perform even the most complex spinal surgeries via a Minimally Invasive technique and are leaders in same day, outpatient surgeries. Please visit our website to learn more and schedule an appointment."


  • Neurosurgery
  • Interventional Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • Aneurysm
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • CyberKnife®, Cranial (Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Cranial) incl. Gamma Knife and LINAC Photon Beam
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intracranial Vessel Angioplasty and Stenting
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Paracentesis
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Stenting, Intracranial Vessels
  • Steroid Injection
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Connecticut.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • New York University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1985
  • University At Buffalo State University Of New York School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • University Of Connecticut Health Center/John Dempsey Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • University Of Connecticut-Hartford Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1996

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Aferzon has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Aferzon's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Aferzon to family and friends
based on 31 total reviews (7 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (31)

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  • 3
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Dr. Aferzon's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
16 to 30 minutes
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Patient Comments (7)

in Waterbury |
I suffered from left C7 nerve compression with left arm pain from a herniated disc.Dr.Aferzon performed a endoscopic posterior laminotomy and micro decompression surgery.My pain was gone and the surgery was a success. I'm now suffering from right C7 nerve compression with right arm pain and...more
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Plainfield, CT |
This was the only office to book me an appointment without a referral and very quick as I was in excruciating pain from a severe herniated disc. He was straight forward and gave me hope. It was not an easy decision to make undergoing surgery but Dr. Aferzon made the decision clear and I was...more
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in Manchester, CT |
This is my 2nd "lumbar fusion", (XLIF) for L3-4 which also needed a plate for "scoliosis" that took over. The drop foot from my first surgery is a bit better, but 15 months in between, has caused 35% loss of left foot sensation. I have to say, the 2 artificial discs implanted @ first fusion, have...more
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CT |
I have had 2 spinal surgeries with Dr. Aferzon.The first left me with drop foot & numbness in my left foot.The pain is unbearable without medication. So I would rate the first surgery as unsuccessful.The second surgery was to open up the canal for the nerve that was being pinched.That surgery seems...more
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Dr. Aferzon is the best neurosurgeon. He is patient and thorough. I had two spinal surgeries performed by him with much success. I would highly recommend him.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Aferzon accepts 11 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Connecticare
  • EmblemHealth
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    Oxford Liberty
    United Healthcare
  • WellPoint
  • Worker's Compensation
    Worker's Compensation WC

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Hospitals where Dr. Aferzon has admitting privileges

Hartford Hospital
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Middlesex Hospital
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