Dr. Joseph Aferzon, MD

Neurosurgery •  Male • Age 58
  
Dr. Aferzon
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Connecticut Spine Institute

595 Main St Portland, CT 06480

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Dr. Joseph Aferzon, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Portland, CT and has over 31 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Aferzon has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University At Buffalo State University Of New York School Of Medicine medical school in 1989. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Hartford Hospital and Middlesex Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Aferzon to book an appointment.


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      Amazing doctor. I was in pain for almost 3 years. Another doctor operated on my back and told me that there was nothing wrong with my back. I went to Dr. Aferzon and within 10 minutes he told me that I needed 3 operations. I had the three operations and now I'm living pain free.
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      Jean Lawrence – May 15, 2020
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      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 numbness from a disc bulge.Dr.Aferzon will be performing surgery on this also.I consulted with 4 neurosurgeons before finally choosing.Dr.Aferzon was the only mininamally invasive endoscopic surgeon.
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      J.Robinson in Waterbury – Dec 18, 2017
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      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 confident with him. What I was not confident in was his office staff.There could be much much improvement with the staff. However I am 3 months post op and living a normal life pain free thanks to him.
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      Plainfield, CT – Nov 07, 2017
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      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 really stabilized my spine! I am so grateful for this brilliant neurosurgeon. The problem with this office is the staff. Good luck getting a medication refill, a bill corrected or a call back. #inept
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      Kristine in Manchester, CT – Jul 20, 2017
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      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 to be successful.However, it is being overshadowed by the first surgery which has left me not only in CONSTANT pain but a dropped left foot.It was a result of my nerve being nicked accidentally. smh
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      CT – May 17, 2017
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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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      Suzanne – Mar 17, 2017
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      This office is totally unresponsive. They do not schedule tests as promised, do not respond to phone calls or letters.
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      Enfield, CT – Oct 29, 2016
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      Dr. Aferzon was extremely thorough and took the time to explain exactly what was going on. He got me back on track to living a healthy active life, pain free. Same day surgery for a minimally invasive lumbar discectomy in a surgery center, which was very comfortable and I walked out with an incision 1/2 the size of people I have seen who have received a minimally invasive discectomy from other surgeons. Plus, they had to stay overnight. I went home shortly after the procedure, pain free.
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      BTango in New London, CT – Jul 19, 2016
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      About Me

      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 ...Read more

      Specialties

      • Neurosurgery
      • Interventional Pain Medicine

      Board Certifications

      Education

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

      Languages

      • Russian
      • English

      Awards

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      (860) 832-4664

      Dr. Aferzon accepts the following insurance:

      Aetna
      Aetna HMO
      Choice Plus POS II
      Anthem
      Access Blue New England Network-CT
      Balanced Pathway Tiered-CT PPO
      Balanced Pathway-CT HMO
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      Bronze Pathway X w/HSA-CT PPO
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      Background Check

      No malpractice claims found for Connecticut
      No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
      No board actions found for the years we collect data
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      Practice Areas

      Spine

      Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine specialists.

      Typically treats 61% more than similar doctors

      Based on claims data for 16 conditions and procedures

      TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
      Herniated Disc
      high
      high

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Aferzon treats Herniated Disc more than 81% of their peers

      Dr. Aferzon treats this condition more than 81% of their peers

      Spine Disorders
      high
      high

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Aferzon treats Spine Disorders more than 80% of their peers

      Dr. Aferzon treats this condition more than 80% of their peers

      Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
      normal
      normal

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Aferzon treats Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 80% of their peers

      Dr. Aferzon treats this condition more than 80% of their peers

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      Dr. Aferzon's conditions and procedures:

      • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
      • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
      • Acoustic Neuroma
      • Acute Postoperative Pain
      • Aneurysm
      • Autoimmune Diseases
      • Back Pain
      • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
      • Bone Disorders
      • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
      • Brain Aneurysm
      • Brain Cancer
      • Brain Disorders
      • Brain Surgery
      • Broken Neck
      • Cancer
      • Cauda Equina Syndrome
      • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
      • Cerebral Hemorrhage
      • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
      • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
      • Cerebrovascular Disease
      • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
      • Chronic Neck Pain
      • Chronic Pain
      • Chronic Pelvic Pain
      • Chronic Postoperative Pain
      • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
      • CyberKnife®, Cranial (Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Cranial) incl. Gamma Knife and LINAC Photon Beam
      • Degenerative Disc Disease
      • Disc Replacement
      • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
      • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
      • Fracture
      • Herniated Disc
      • Herniated Disc Surgery
      • Hydrocephalus
      • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
      • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
      • Intervertebral Disc Disease
      • Intracranial Vessel Angioplasty and Stenting
      • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
      • Low Back Pain
      • Lumbar Spine Fracture
      • Meningiomas
      • Myelopathy
      • Nerve Block, Somatic
      • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
      • Neuroplasty
      • Neurostimulation
      • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
      • Osteoarthritis of Spine
      • Pathological Spine Fracture
      • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
      • Puncture Aspiration
      • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
      • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
      • Scoliosis
      • Secondary Malignancies
      • Spina Bifida
      • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Spinal Cord Stimulation
      • Spinal Cord Tumor
      • Spinal Fusion
      • Spinal Nerve Block
      • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
      • Spinal Stenosis
      • Spine Deformities
      • Spine Disorders
      • Spine Fracture Treatment
      • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
      • Spondylitis
      • Spondylolisthesis
      • Spondylosis
      • Stenting, Intracranial Vessels
      • Steroid Injection
      • Stroke
      • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
      • Subdural Hemorrhage
      • Thoracic Spine Fracture
      • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
      • Thrombosis
      • Traumatic Brain Injury
      • Trigeminal Neuralgia
      • Upper Back Pain
      • Vascular Disease
      • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization
      • Vertebral Column Tumors

      Locations

      Connecticut Spine Institute

      Connecticut Spine Institute595 Main St Portland, CT 06480
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      Affiliated Hospitals

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      Hartford Hospital

      Hartford, CT

      70% Patient experience rating, 1% higher than the national average

      • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)

      Middlesex Hospital

      Middletown, CT

      77% Patient experience rating, 8% higher than the national average

      • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020)
      • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
      • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019)

      The Hospital of Central Connecticut - New Britain General Campus

      New Britain, CT

      70% Patient experience rating, 1% higher than the national average

      • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)