Dr. Joseph Aferzon, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 59

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 32 years of experience in the medical field. 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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Based on 33 ratings

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THE FIRST CONSULTATION EXPLAINING THE SURGICAL SPINAL PROCEDURES THAT DR. WOULD PERFORM ON ME WERE AS HE WAS SPEAKING TO ANOTHER SURGEON - I LEFT MY MEDICAL DICTIONARY AT HOME. I WAS HAVING SURGERY DUE TO EXTREME PAIN AND ABSENCE OF STRENGTH ON MY RIGHT ARM AND HAND. 7 HOURS LATER I AWAKENED WITH GREAT RESULTS ON WHY I HAD SURGERY FOR THE RIGHT HAND, BUT MY LEFT HAND WAS NOT MOVING. RETURNED FOR A 5 HOUR SURGERY AFTER BEING HOME 4 DAYS. AGAIN I AWAKENED WITH NO USE OF MY LEFT HAND. DR. AND I HAD A SERIOUS DISCUSSION ON HOW WHEN I CALLED HIM, HE WAS WHO I WISHED TO SPEAK TO. ONLY ONCE DID HE ACTUALLY CALL ME BACK. I WENT FOR A EMG TO LOCATE NERVE DAMAGE AND DR. CONWAY SAID I HAVE SEVERE NERVE DAMAGE, NOT EVEN A GUESS AS TO WHEN MY HAND WILL RETURN TO NORMALCY. THE DAMAGE IS A RESULT OF SURGERY IN THE C3-C5, C5-. I NOW HAVE TO GO MANY WEEKS FOR P.T., AND WILL BE FITTED FOR A HAND PROSTHESIS TO EXPAND MY CLUBBED HAND. ONCE YOU SIGN THE PERMISSION FOR SURGERY THE DOCTOR IS NOT RESPONSI
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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LG EAST GRANBY – Jun 22, 2021
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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Jean Lawrence – May 15, 2020
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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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J.Robinson in Waterbury – Dec 18, 2017
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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
7 people found this helpful
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Plainfield, CT – Nov 07, 2017
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
What went well
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
13 people found this helpful
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Kristine in Manchester, CT – Jul 20, 2017
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
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
8 people found this helpful
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CT – May 17, 2017
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
This office is totally unresponsive. They do not schedule tests as promised, do not respond to phone calls or letters.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
9 people found this helpful
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Enfield, CT – Oct 29, 2016
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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
13 people found this helpful
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BTango in New London, CT – Jul 19, 2016

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About Me

Care Philosophy

As specialists in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, we can provide a competent and compassionate care to our patients. Each approach is custom tailored...Read more

Biography

As a leader, inventor and teacher, Dr. Aferzon has over 20 years of experience in treating complex spine conditions utilizing latest state-of-the...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
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Languages

  • English
  • Russian

Awards

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What are Dr. Joseph Aferzon, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Aferzon frequently treats Low Back Pain, Osteoarthritis of Spine, and Intervertebral Disc Disease. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Aferzon treats.

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Dr. Aferzon's office is located at 595 Main St, Portland, CT 06480. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Aferzon's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Low Back Pain
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Dr. Aferzon treats Low Back Pain more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Aferzon treats this condition more than 87% of his peers

Osteoarthritis of Spine
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Dr. Aferzon treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 79% of his peers

Dr. Aferzon treats this condition more than 79% of his peers

Intervertebral Disc Disease
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Dr. Aferzon treats Intervertebral Disc Disease more than 69% of his peers

Dr. Aferzon treats this condition more than 69% of his peers

Dr. Aferzon's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acute Postoperative Pain
  • Aneurysm
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • 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
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Cranial Trauma
  • 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
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Posterior Lumbar Fusion With Robotic Assistance
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rasmussen's Syndrome
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • 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
  • 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

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Connecticut Spine Institute

Connecticut Spine Institute595 Main St Portland, CT 06480
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