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

Dr. Edward Saer specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), spine problems, and fractures (broken bones). He is professionally affiliated with Baptist Health System. Dr. Saer attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Saer is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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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, who practices in Little Rock, AR, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bruffett include spine problems. Dr. Bruffett is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Bruffett is professionally 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 is a specialist in general surgery and vascular surgery. He works in Little Rock, AR. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Pollock's areas of expertise consist of cancer surgery, vascular surgery procedures, and laparoscopic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Baptist Health System. Dr. Pollock takes Medicare insurance. He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.

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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 neurosurgeon. He has indicated that his clinical interests include laminectomy, head surgery, and discectomy (disc removal surgery). Dr. Krisht's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance. He is professionally affiliated with Baptist Health System.

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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. Jared Seale works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Little Rock, AR. Dr. Seale's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Seale include sports health and shoulder arthroscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Baptist Health System. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.

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

Dr. James Adametz's medical specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Adametz has a special interest in laminectomy, head surgery, and discectomy (disc removal surgery). Dr. Adametz's patients gave Dr. Adametz an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Adametz is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Adametz is a graduate of 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, who practices in Little Rock, AR, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement) and fractures (broken bones). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Peek is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Baptist Health System.

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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
Dr. George Timothy Burson, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
9601 Lile Drive; Suite 310
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. George Burson's specialty is neurosurgery. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Areas of expertise for Dr. Burson include laminectomy, discectomy (disc removal surgery), and acoustic neuroma. Patients gave Dr. Burson an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Burson takes Medicare insurance. He is affiliated with Baptist Health System.

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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 works as a neurosurgeon. Patient ratings for Dr. Shahim average 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Shahim include laminectomy, head surgery, and discectomy (disc removal surgery). Dr. Shahim is professionally affiliated with Baptist Health System. Dr. Shahim takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Shahim graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.

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

Dr. J. Calhoun is a neurosurgeon in North Little Rock, AR. Patient reviews placed Dr. Calhoun at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Medicare insurance. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 28
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,950
  • Medicare Cost: $598
Dr. Tarek Abuelem, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5 St. Vincent Circle; Suite 503
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Tarek Abuelem practices neurosurgery in Little Rock, AR. Clinical interests for Dr. Abuelem include laminectomy, head surgery, and discectomy (disc removal surgery). He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He is 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 Neurosurgery, Other
5800 W 10th Street; St 205
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Scott Schlesinger is a specialist in neurosurgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Schlesinger honors Medicare insurance. He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.

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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 is a North Little Rock, AR physician who specializes in neurosurgery. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Mason accepts 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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Little Rock, AR. Dr. McCarthy accepts Medicare insurance. She attended medical school at 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's specialty is neurosurgery. He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Pait graduated from 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, who practices in Little Rock, AR, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Thomas studied medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.

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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.