Dr. Rafael Allende, MD

Neurosurgery •  Male • Age 58
  
Dr. Allende
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

The Neurohealth Sciences Center

305 N Mangoustine Ave Ste 100 Sanford, FL 32771

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Dr. Rafael Allende, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Sanford, FL. Dr. Allende has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Allende to book an appointment.


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Dr. Allende's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Allende

4.8

Based on 72 ratings

5 Stars
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I would rate DR ALLENDE as an EXCELLENT surgeon. He did my neck and lower back. He has a great bedside manner. If you ask a question he will explain it. He did follow up at the hospital and a week later, I saw his PA at the office. I would highly recommend him.
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Steve – May 23, 2020
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Dr. Allende and his staff are very friendly and very caring. Dr. Allende takes his time with you, answers all your questions and makes sure you understand. He is a wonderful surgeon. He has done 3 different surgeries on me and each one has been a success. I have not had a better doctor or surgeon than Dr. Allende
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Carol Crimmons – Mar 17, 2020
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Dr Allende put my wife at ease with his question and answers. We are glad we found Dr Allende.
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Myong – Feb 27, 2020
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Dr. Allende is the best Dr. I have ever had. He is a caring sincere person.
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Feb 11, 2020
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Very pleased with attention at first visit. Looking forward to our next visit on Feb/2020.
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Cecilio Rivera – Jan 27, 2020
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I first visited doctor alende two years ago after being sent to the pain management clinic and many other doctors no one was like doctor alende he's professional honest wonderful takes his time explains everything he's a true gentleman and what is left of a true doctor today he did my surgery and we are still seeing one another today four different issues I have recommended him to over 40 patients I would recommend him to anyone I first visited doctor Elan day 2 years ago after being sent to the pain management clinic and many other doctors no one was like Dr Elan day he's professional honest wonderful takes his time explains everything he's a true gentleman and what is left of a true doctor today he did my surgery and we are still seeing one another today for different issues I have recommended him to over 40 patients I would recommend him to anyone he has got the best bedside manner I've ever seen and wonderful and he takes his time and explains everything
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Angela A Bonanno – Dec 16, 2019
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Dr. Rafael Allende explained thoroughly all my options for care in a very detail and informative manner. He took the necessary time to answer all my concerns in reference to my medical condition. I must say that he was the most caring Doctor that I have ever spoke with. Having to make decisions about surgery is not an easy option, but his explanation of my condition and how to take care of it, helped tremendously to follow a care plan that hopefully will reduce my pain and alleviate my condition. Glad that I saw him. I recommend him to anybody who is having chronic pain to seek his guidance and expertise.
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Edwin Lasanta – Nov 24, 2019
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I was more than impressed I was blown away! From filling out the inclusive questionnaire and the first phone call to meeting the doctor everyone was above par! The doctor explained his thoughts openly and honestly. Thank you Dr. Allende!
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Karen Snizek – Nov 23, 2019
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as always, always amazing and listens. His assistant also is so very helpful. I’m so happy I found him after numerous doctors that have misdiagnosed me and mistreated me. I’ll never see anyone but him!!
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Linhda – Oct 01, 2019
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While awaiting a knee replacement my hip began to hurt and my orthopedic doctor thought it might be coming from my spine. Dr. Allende read the MRI and x-ray and told me it was the pain coming from my knee, not the spine. I trust him completely as I know he will not operate unless he believes it is necessary. He did surgery on my spine eight years ago and I never had anymore pain.
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JoAnn Kolafa – Sep 09, 2019
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Great service from staff, nurse and Dr. Allende
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Sep 07, 2019
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Dr Allende always listens and takes his time with me to answers any concerns I have. His staff is the greatest they are always polite and caring.
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Sep 06, 2019
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I couldn't be happier with the services and care from this office. Thank you Dr. Allende and your whole staff!
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Anthony D. – Aug 29, 2019
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Dr. Allende is a fantastic Dr. I just had neck surgery done a few months ago and I feel great! He has passion for his job... He greets his patients with a smile all the time! Also he has great bedside manners!!!! I would recommend to anyone who needs surgery!! As soon as my neck heals my lower back will be next. He’s that good that I would let him do surgery on me again!
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Susan trudeau – Aug 26, 2019
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Up-to-date on the latest procedures, inspires conference
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Aug 09, 2019
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I would highly recommend Dr. Allende to anyone who needs surgery. He is kind, thoughtful and friendly. He listens and tries to fix your problem. I have been extremely happy with him. He is also funny and human with you.
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Lorraine shaw in Debary, FL – Jul 29, 2019
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Dr. Allende is a 5 star+physician! He listens and explains his findings and recommendations without rushing. His office staff is professional and friendly. We are very fortunate to have such an excellent and caring neurosurgeon in our community. I would be happy to recommend him to my family and friends.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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  • Explained conditions well
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M. Poppell in Longwood, FL – Jun 26, 2019
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i would recommend him to any one
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barbara cole in sanford, FL – Jun 22, 2019
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Fantastic Doctor....Beyond impressed. Dr. Allende is very thorough, compassionate, caring, and has a most ratinal and intelligent approach versus other surgeons who treat you like a number, unless you agree to surgery. Further, Dr. Allende's staff is first rate, and made me feel most comfortable from the moment I first contacted them. There is a reason why Dr, Allende's patients rate him the highest in all of Central Florida....it's his integrity, compassionate approach, in which he communicates on a level very easy to understand and comprehend, with no nonsense or bs whatsoever. I would give Dr. Allende 10 stars if I could...well deserved.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Long wait times
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Scott Silver in FL – Jun 21, 2019
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Dr was very informative & honest & has a wonderful approachable personality. Helped me to understand my diagnosis that was difficult to take in at first. He explained everything in detail.
What went well
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David Mickelsen in Winter Springs, FL – Jun 19, 2019
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Dr. Rafael Allende, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Sanford, FL. Dr. Allende has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Allende to book an appointment.

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

2013
Medical College of Georgia
Fellowship Hospital
2001
University Of Rochester
Residency Hospital
1997
University Of Rochester
Internship Hospital

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

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(407) 833-7505

Dr. Allende accepts the following insurance:

AARP
Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Ambetter
Superior Health Plan
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Assurant Health
AvMed
Beech Street (Multiplan)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
Blue Care HMO
Blue Select
BlueDental Choice
Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Careplus
CHAMPVA
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
Coventry Health Care
Medicare Advantage PFFS
EmblemHealth
Emblem Health
Federal Employee Program (FEP)
First Choice Health
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
GEHA
Health Net
HealthSource of Ohio
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Preferred PPO
Select HMO
Independent Health
Encompass
Medicaid
Medico
Meritain Health
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Mutual of Omaha
MVP Health Care
One Health
PacifiCare Health Systems
PEHP
Preferred Health Professionals
Prudential
SelectHealth
State Farm
Tricare
TriCare for Life
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare
WellCare
Wise Provider Networks
Worker's Compensation
Worker's Compensation WC

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for Florida
No disciplinary 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 78% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 21 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Allende treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Allende treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Spondylosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Allende treats Spondylosis more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Allende treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Myelopathy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Allende treats Myelopathy more than 93% of their peers

Dr. Allende treats this condition more than 93% of their peers

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Dr. Allende's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neurological Diseases
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (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 Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

Locations

The Neurohealth Sciences Center

The Neurohealth Sciences Center305 N Mangoustine Ave Ste 100 Sanford, FL 32771
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