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Dr. Richard Distefano, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery*
3.9 (92)
Map Pin Small Syracuse, NY
Accepting new patients
35 years of experience

Offers telehealth

Overview of Dr. Richard Distefano, MD

Dr. Richard Distefano, MD is an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon in Syracuse, NY. They specialize in Orthopedic Spine Surgery, has 35 years of experience, and is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery. They graduated from State University of New York Upstate Medical University Norton College of Medicine and is affiliated with Saint Joseph's Hospital Health Center. Dr. Distefano, completed a residency at SUNY Health Science Center. Patients rated Dr. Distefano an average 3.9 star rating.

Dr. Distefano works at Practice in Syracuse, NY with other offices in East Syracuse, NY and North Syracuse, NY. They frequently treat conditions like Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis and Lumbar Spinal Stenosis along with other conditions at varying frequencies. They are accepting new patients and accept Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna as well as other major insurance plans. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment and to confirm all accepted insurance plans.

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Dr. Distefano's Office Locations

  1. 1
    Fitness Forum Physical and Occupational Therapy PLLC
    5719 Widewaters Pkwy, Syracuse, NY 13214 Icon Directions Right Arrow Directions Phone Icon (315) 251-3100
  2. 2
    Office
    5824 Widewaters Pkwy, East Syracuse, NY 13057 Icon Directions Right Arrow Directions Phone Icon (315) 251-3100
  3. 3
    Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists P.C.
    5801 E Taft Rd, North Syracuse, NY 13212 Icon Directions Right Arrow Directions Phone Icon (315) 418-4140
  4. 4
    Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists PC
    5496 E Taft Rd Ste C, Syracuse, NY 13212 Icon Directions Right Arrow Directions Phone Icon (315) 251-3100

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  • Saint Joseph's Hospital Health Center

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Degenerative Disc Disease
Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

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Degenerative Disc Disease
Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Back Pain
Herniated Disc
Low Back Pain
Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
Ankle Impingement
Bunion
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Bursitis
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Cervical Radiculopathy
Cervical Stenosis
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Coccygeal Pain
Genu Varum
Joint Pain
Lumbar Radiculopathy
Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
Miner's Knee
Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis of Ankle
Osteoarthritis of Foot
Osteoarthritis of Knee
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
Radiculopathy
Sacrum Disorders
Sciatica
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Spinal Stenosis with Neurogenic Claudication
Spondylolisthesis
Anterior Disc Decompression and Fusion
Cervical Spinal Fusion
Herniated Disc Surgery
Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
Laminoforaminotomy
Lumbar Fusion with Robotic Assist
Lumbar Spinal Fusion
Spinal Cord Decompression
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal Fusion
Steroid Injection
Achilles Tendinitis
Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
Ankle Fracture
Ankle Sprains and Strains
Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
Arthritis of the Elbow
Ataxia
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Avascular Necrosis
Bone Cancer
Broken Arm
Broken Neck
Bursitis of Hip
Cauda Equina Syndrome
Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Chordoma
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Clavicle Fracture
Complications of Joint Prosthesis
De Quervain's Disease
Difficulty With Walking
Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
Femoral Neck Fracture
Femur Fracture
Fibular Fracture
Fracture
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Fracture of Hand and Fingers
Gait Abnormality
Ganglion Cyst
Gout
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Hand Fracture
Heel Spur
Hip Fracture
Hip Tendinitis
Knee Fracture
Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
Limb Pain
Lumbar Compression Fracture
Lumbar Spine Fracture
Lumbosacral Stenosis
Muscle Cramping
Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
Myelopathy
Nerve Sheath Tumors
Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
Osteoarthritis of Hip
Osteochondritis Dissecans
Osteopenia
Osteosarcoma
Patellar Fracture
Pathological Spine Fracture
Piriformis Syndrome
Plantar Fasciitis
Polyneuropathy
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rib Fracture
Rotator Cuff Tear
Rotator Cuff Tendinosis
Runner's Knee
Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Osteophyte
Spine Deformities
Spine Disorders
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
Spondylitis
Stress Fracture of Foot
Tethered Cord Syndrome
Thoracic Compression Fracture
Thoracic Spine Fracture
Thoracic Stenosis
Upper Back Pain
Arthrocentesis
Carpal Tunnel Injection
Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
Elbow Arthroscopy
Excision of Radius or Ulna
Foot and Ankle Dislocation Treatment, Closed
Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
Fracture Care
Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
Hip Replacement
Hip Replacement with Robotic Assist
Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
Meniscus Surgery
Musculoskeletal Function Test
Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
Neurostimulator Implantation
Partial Hip Replacement
Percutaneous Kyphoplasty
Periacetabular Osteotomy
Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
Shoulder Fracture Treatment
Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
Spinal Nerve Block
Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
Spine Fracture Treatment
Synovial Biopsy
Total Hip Replacement
Ulnar Nerve Transposition
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    3.9
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    Based on 92 ratings
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    2 Star
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    1 Star
    (22)
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    Specialties*
    • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

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    Years of Experience
    • 35 years of experience
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    Languages Spoken
    • English
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    NPI Number
    • 1972608586
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    Education & Certifications

    Fellowship
    • SUNY Health Science Center Buffalo - Spine Fellowship
    Fellowship
    Residency
    • SUNY Health Science Center
    Residency
    Medical Education
    • State University of New York Upstate Medical University Norton College of Medicine
    Medical Education
    Undergraduate School
    • yale University
    Undergraduate School
    Board Certifications
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    Board Certifications
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    Dr. Richard Distefano, MD is accepting new patients on Healthline FindCare. You can check to see if Dr. Distefano is offering online scheduling or call the provider’s office for more information.

    Dr. Distefano has indicated that they do offer telehealth services. Please call the provider’s office at for more information.

    Dr. Distefano has seen patients for Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis and Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, and more. You can see other conditions treated by Dr. Distefano on their profile. Please call the provider’s office to confirm all visit reasons.

    92 patients have reviewed Dr. Distefano. The overall rating for this provider is 3.9. You can read verified reviews and ratings and leave your own review based on your experience with Dr. Distefano.

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