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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
600 S. Mckinley Street; Suite 409
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Edward Saer is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Saer is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), spine problems, and fractures (broken bones). He accepts Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Saer is affiliated with Baptist Health System.

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Clinical Interests: Fractures, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Surgery, Spine ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 93
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,536 - $4,435
  • Medicare Cost: $1,328 - $1,601
Dr. Wayne Lynn Bruffett, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
600 S Mckinley Street; Suite 400
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Wayne Bruffett's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In Dr. Bruffett's practice, he is particularly interested in spine problems. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Bruffett is affiliated with Baptist Health System.

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Clinical Interests: Osteoporosis, Arthritis, Spine Problems

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 60
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,446
  • Medicare Cost: $1,629
Dr. Michael Marion Pollock, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
9500 Kanis Road; Suite 501
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Michael Pollock works as a general surgeon and vascular surgeon in Little Rock, AR. His areas of expertise consist of cancer surgery, vascular surgery procedures, and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Pollock is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Medicare insurance. He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. Dr. Pollock is affiliated with Baptist Health System.

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Clinical Interests: Cancer Surgery, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Laparoscopic Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Trauma

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 16
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,062
  • Medicare Cost: $783
Dr. Ali Fadl Krisht, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5 Saint Vincent Circle; Suite 503
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Ali Krisht is a neurosurgery specialist. Dr. Krisht's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include laminectomy, head surgery, and discectomy (disc removal surgery). He is professionally affiliated with Baptist Health System. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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All Interests: Steroid Injections, Spinal Fusion, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Discectomy, Neck Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Robert Adametz, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5201 Northshore Drive; Suite 100
North Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. James Adametz is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. Dr. Adametz's areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, head surgery, and discectomy (disc removal surgery). On average, patients gave Dr. Adametz a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Adametz is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Adametz graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. Dr. Adametz is professionally affiliated with Baptist Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Steroid Injections, Spinal Fusion, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Discectomy, Neck Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
600 S. Mckinley Street; Suite 409
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Richard Peek sees patients in Little Rock, AR. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Peek is especially interested in replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement) and fractures (broken bones). He is professionally affiliated with Baptist Health System. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Clinical Interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Surgery, Spine Surgery Procedures, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 62
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,536 - $3,776
  • Medicare Cost: $1,402 - $1,507
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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
600 S. Mckinley Street; Suite 409
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Jared Seale specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Little Rock, AR. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise consist of sports health and shoulder arthroscopy. Dr. Seale accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Seale graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Baptist Health System.

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Clinical Interests: Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Health, Shoulder Arthroscopy, Arthritis

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 53
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,641 - $4,597
  • Medicare Cost: $1,309 - $1,557
Dr. George Timothy Burson, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
9601 Lile Drive; Suite 310
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. George Burson is a neurosurgeon in Little Rock, AR. Dr. Burson's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include laminectomy, discectomy (disc removal surgery), and acoustic neuroma. He is affiliated with Baptist Health System. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Burson attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

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Clinical Interests: Steroid Injections, Tumor, Microsurgery, Herniated Disc, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,657
  • Medicare Cost: $1,507
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Specializes in Neurosurgery
5201 Northshore Drive; Suite 100
North Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Reza Shahim is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Shahim a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shahim has a special interest in laminectomy, head surgery, and discectomy (disc removal surgery). Dr. Shahim honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Shahim is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. Dr. Shahim is professionally affiliated with Baptist Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Steroid Injections, Spinal Fusion, Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Discectomy, Neck Surgery, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 24
  • Uninsured Cost: $11,265
  • Medicare Cost: $1,384
Dr. Tarek Abuelem, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5 St. Vincent Circle; Suite 503
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Tarek Abuelem is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Abuelem include laminectomy, head surgery, and discectomy (disc removal surgery). He is professionally affiliated with Baptist Health System. He takes Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Laminectomy, Steroid Injections, Discectomy, Neck Surgery, Spine Surgery Procedures, Spinal Fusion, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
4020 Richards Road; Suite I
North Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. J. Calhoun practices neurosurgery. Dr. Calhoun's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Calhoun attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 28
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,950
  • Medicare Cost: $598
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Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
5800 W 10th Street; St 205
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Scott Schlesinger's medical specialty is neurosurgery. He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. Dr. Schlesinger has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 41
  • Uninsured Cost: $10,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,617
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Specializes in Neurosurgery
5201 Northshore Drive; Suite 100
North Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. J. Mason's specialty is neurosurgery. He studied medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. Dr. Mason has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 35
  • Uninsured Cost: $11,265 - $12,084
  • Medicare Cost: $1,414 - $1,507
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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
600 S Mckinley Street
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Kathryn McCarthy is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Little Rock, AR. She accepts Medicare insurance. She graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 18
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,395
  • Medicare Cost: $1,477
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Specializes in Neurosurgery
4301 W Markham Street; #783
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. T. Pait is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Pait studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,635
  • Medicare Cost: $875
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Specializes in Neurosurgery
5 Saint Vincent Circle; Suite 502
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Brad Thomas is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Little Rock, AR. He studied medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Thomas honors Medicare insurance.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 83
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,400 - $5,500
  • Medicare Cost: $1,507 - $1,614

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What is Spinal Fusion?

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure to permanently join together two or more vertebrae, the bones in the spine. Certain spinal disorders can lead to instability and pain, and the idea behind spinal fusion is that fusing vertebrae together can both make them stronger and reduce motion, which can sometimes reduce pain.

There are several different types of spinal fusion surgery available, mostly depending on where your pain is located and whether your surgeon will perform the procedure through the back, front, or side. In general, a fusion is performed by packing the vertebrae to be fused with grafted bone. This bone may be taken from the patient’s hip, may be donated from a cadaver, or it may be a manufactured synthetic material. The bone is placed along the vertebrae, and sometimes, the disc that lies in between the vertebrae is removed and replaced with grafted bone. The bone material will grow and cement the two vertebrae together. After the bone graft is placed, the vertebrae are sometimes held in place with rods, screws, plates, or cages, depending on the weakness of the spine and needs of the graft.

Spinal fusion is a significant surgery and can take three to four hours or more. Recovery is typically two to four days in the hospital. After surgery, it is important to remember that the fusion takes time to grow from the bone graft. So, the actual fusion is not complete for several months. You will probably feel somewhat better right away, but it may take a while to feel the full effects of the fusion as the bone grows into place. In the meantime, your doctor might have you wear a brace to protect your spine and keep it properly aligned.

Spinal fusion is not used for all kinds of back pain. Changing the way the spine moves can lead to strain on the other joints in the back, and fusion is only performed when the benefits outweigh the risks. Some spine disorders that are treated with fusion include:
  • Curvature disorders, such as scoliosis and kyphosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis, a disorder that causes vertebrae to slip over each other
  • Significant spinal fractures that cause instability
  • Weakened spine due to infection or tumor
  • Some cases of spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column
  • Chronic lower back pain (although the use of fusion to treat this is controversial)

Regardless of the diagnosis, there is always a possibility of ‘failure’ with spinal fusion, or of the surgery not fully solving the pain. This is more likely when fusion is used primarily to treat pain instead of structural problems. You can improve your chances of a successful outcome by stopping smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, moving your body every day, and following your doctor’s instructions for any physical therapy you are prescribed.