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Joseph Aferzon, MS, MD
Connecticut Spine Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery
New Britain, CT

About Joseph Aferzon, MS, MD

Joseph Aferzon, MS, MD is a board certified neurosurgeon with 19 years years of experience. Dr. Aferzon provides nonsurgical treatment and specializes in complex and minimally invasive procedures to treat spinal disorders.

Dr. Aferzon is the Co-Director and Founder of the Connecticut Spine Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut Medical Center in Farmington and attending neurosurgeon at Hartford Hospital and Middlesex Hospital.

  • Dr. Aferzon's practice has been selected as a Center of Excellence by several leading spine companies and are training other spine surgeons on the minimally invasive surgical techniques.
  • He holds 12 patents relating to minimally invasive spinal instrumentation. Several of his inventions are used to treat patients worldwide.
  • Recognized as one of the Top Neurosurgeons in Connecticut" in Connecticut Magazine consecutively every year.
  • Dr. Aferzon is an active member of many prestigious spine societies, including the Amercan Association of Neurological Surgeons,  Congress of Neurological Surgeons, New England Neurosurgical Society, and Society of Lateral Access Surgeons.




Aferzon J. Bilateral midline decompression with a unilateral approach in spinal stenosis patients utilizing a minimally invasive portal. ISASS, April 2014.

Sawarynski L, Aferzon J. Minimally invasive extreme lateral retroperitoneal corpectomy and reconstruction for treatment of traumatic thoracolumbar burst  fractures. AANS, April 2014.

Kilbourn KJ, Aferzon J, Menon M. Isolated Brain Metastasis in Cholangiocarcinoma: A Case Report and Review of Literature.  Connecticut Medicine, March 2014.

Kiapour A, Aferzon J, Goel V. Effect of spondylotic deformity on load sharing on screws of lumbar fixation construction: A biomechanical study. ISASS, April 2013.

Aferzon J, Chintakunta S, Tikkavarapu D, Khalil S. Biomechanical comparison of anterior and posterior instrumentation in the treatment of thoracolumbar burst fracture. SMISS, October 2011.

Kilbourn K, Aferzon J. Case report and review of the literature of the metastatic pituitary adenoma. NENS, June 2010.

Aferzon J, Bash JA. Minimally invasive techniques in complex lumbar revision surgery. NENS, June 2009.

Kiapour A, Goel VK, Aferzon J, Bash JA, Ferrara L. Changes in biomechanics of L3-S1 spine following a novel anterior disk replacement: A FEM study. SAS, May 2008.

Aferzon M, Aferzon J, Spektor Z. Endoscopic repair of tension pneumocephalus. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. June 2001.

Wagle VG, Iantosca M, Hall A, Palter MD, Aferzon J, Vallera A. Catecholamines and transcranial doppler in TBI and aneurysmal SAH. New England Neurosurgical Society, Woodstock, VT. February 24, 1994.

Aferzon J, Wagle VG, Weiser HC. Root avulsion in brachial plexus Injury: A case report. Conn Med. May 1994.

Aferzon J, Wagle VG. Gliosarcoma. Hartford Hospital Experience.  Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Vancouver, Canada, October 2-7, 1993.

Wagle VG, Aferzon J. CT versus MRI in cervical spine trauma: a prospective study. New England Neurosurgical Society, Boston, MA, June 4, 1993.

Aferzon J, Wagle VG. Gliosarcoma. New England Neurosurgical Society, Prouts Neck, ME. September 11, 1992.

Wagle VG, Aferzon J, Nelson D. Kernohan's Notch: Appearance on MRI. NeuroNews. November 1992.

Aferzon J, Cowan DF. Three dimensional object reconstruction. National Meeting of American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Las Vegas, NV. October 1988.

Aferzon J, Cowan DF. Computerized image analysis. Presented at The Second International Conference on Artificial Intelligence Systems (EXPERT SYSTEMS) as Diagnostic Consultants for the Cytologic and Histologic Diagnosis of Cancer. Chicago, IL. March 1988.

Aferzon J, Chau RI, Cowan DF. A Microcomputer-Based Algorithm for Digitized Image Simplification and Information Extraction. Anal Quant Cytol Histol. July 1988.

Aferzon J, Cha, RI, Cowan DF. 3-D Reconstruction from Tomographic or Histologic Sections Using a Microcomputer. Am J Clin Path. October 1988.

Case Studies Presented by Joseph Aferzon, MS, MD

Severe Sciatica with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and Cyst

Presented by: J. Aferzon MS, MD
The patient is a 57-year-old male who presented with long-standing bilateral claudication and more recent severe, left-side sciatica. He has some back pain, but the leg pain is much worse.

T10, T11 Osteomyelitis

75-year-old female presents with significant medical history and prior spine surgery
Presented by: J. Aferzon MS, MD
The patient is a 75-year-old female with a 6 month history of progressive mid back pain. Her medical history is extensive and includes a previous instrumented spine surgery. This case includes a video.

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Disclosed Relationships

Alphatec Spine; Globus Medical; SpineFrontier, Inc.
Alphatec Spine
Other Financial or Material Support
Royalties: Orthozon Technologies