Spine Experts in Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Joseph Aferzon MS, MD, Neurological Surgeon


Dr. Joseph Aferzon M.D., M.S., Co-Director/Founder of Connecticut Spine Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery (CSIMIS), and is a Board Certified Neurological Surgeon treating diseases of the head and spine.

Dr. Aferzon is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon with 19 years of clinical experience, he is a leading expert and pioneer in the field of advanced Minimally Invasive surgical spine techniques. He educates other surgeons across the country on his advanced techniques which lead to less complications, less pain, and faster recovery.  Dr. Aferzon’s goal is to extend his MIS techniques to complex spine procedures, which are currently performed via open surgical approach carrying a high risk.  Dr. Aferzon is actively involved in the invention, design and development of state-of-the-art spine devices.  He holds 12 patents relating to minimally invasive spinal instrumentation and several of his inventions are used to treat patients all over the world.

Dr. Aferzon tries to help his patients by constantly pioneering and solving complex surgical problems. His current expertise is in the development and implementation of improved portal retractors used in endoscopic and MIS decompression techniques, and lateral MIS approach for complex Thoracic and Thoraco-Lumbar pathologies including tumors, trauma and infections . He is an attending Neurosurgeon at Hartford Hospital, Middlesex Hospital and an Assistant Professor at University of CT Medical Center.

Dr. Aferzon and Dr. Bash have been selected as the Center of Excellence by several leading spine companies and are training other spine surgeons on the minimally invasive surgical techniques. Both doctors have also performed the largest number of minimally invasive, muscle sparing Lateral Access surgeries(XLIF) and same day MIS decompressions in the state of Connecticut.

Specific areas of experience include:

  • Cervical & Lumbar disk replacement
  • Complex Thoracic MIS Decompressions
  • Complex Thoraco-Lumbar MIS Decompressions
  • Portal and Endoscopic Decompressions
  • Minimally Invasive Lateral Fusion XLIF
  • Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion(Neck)
  • Muscle sparing anterior lumbar fusions

Dr. Aferzon was chosen consecutively every year as one of the “Top Neurosurgeons in Connecticut” in a pole conducted by Connecticut Magazine where other doctors were asked which Doctor they would choose for their families.

In close collabration with prestigeous spine centers, physical therapists and rehabilitation doctors, Dr. Aferzon will exhaust all non-surgical options prior to recommending surgery to his patients.

Dr. Aferzon is a member of  Amercan Academy of Neurological Surgery,  Congress of Neurological Surgery, National Association of Spine Surgeons,New England Neurosurgical Society, Society of Lateral Access Surgeons.

Dr. Aferzon sees patients in  New Britain, CT and Portland CT offices and performs surgeries at Hartford Hospital,  Middlesex Hospital, and Outpatient Centers.