We found 13 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept Medicare near Little Rock, AR.

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Dr. Michael Marion Pollock, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
9500 Kanis Road; Suite 501
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Michael Pollock is a general surgeon and vascular surgeon in Little Rock, AR. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in cancer surgery, vascular surgery procedures, and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Pollock is professionally affiliated with Baptist Health System. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Pollock is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 16
  • Charge (avg.): $4,062
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $783
Dr. Ali Fadl Krisht, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5 Saint Vincent Circle; Suite 503
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Ali Krisht works as a neurosurgeon. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, head surgery, and discectomy (disc removal surgery). Dr. Krisht 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)

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

Dr. Richard Peek's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has a special interest in replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), fractures (broken bones), and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Peek accepts Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. Dr. Peek 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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 62
  • Charge (avg.): $3,536 - $3,776
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,402 - $1,507
Dr. James Robert Adametz, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5201 Northshore Drive; Suite 100
North Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. James Adametz practices neurosurgery. Dr. Adametz's clinical interests include laminectomy, head surgery, and discectomy (disc removal surgery). Dr. Adametz is affiliated with Baptist Health System. Dr. Adametz is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. Dr. Adametz is rated highly by Dr. Adametz's patients. Dr. Adametz is an in-network provider for 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)

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

Dr. George Burson is a specialist in neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Burson include laminectomy, discectomy (disc removal surgery), and acoustic neuroma. He is professionally affiliated with Baptist Health System. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Patient ratings for Dr. Burson average 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Medicare insurance.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $3,657
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,507
Dr. James Michael Calhoun, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
4020 Richards Road; Suite I
North Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. J. Calhoun is a specialist in neurosurgery. Dr. Calhoun graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Calhoun trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Medicare insurance.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 28
  • Charge (avg.): $2,950
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $598

Specializes in Neurosurgery
5201 Northshore Drive; Suite 100
North Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Reza Shahim practices neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Shahim include laminectomy, head surgery, and discectomy (disc removal surgery). He is affiliated with Baptist Health System. He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Shahim is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shahim takes Medicare insurance.

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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

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 24
  • Charge (avg.): $11,265
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,384
Dr. Tarek Abuelem, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5 St. Vincent Circle; Suite 503
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Tarek Abuelem is a neurosurgery specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, head surgery, and discectomy (disc removal surgery). He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Abuelem is professionally affiliated with Baptist Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
5800 W 10th Street; St 205
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Scott Schlesinger specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Little Rock, AR. Dr. Schlesinger's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 41
  • Charge (avg.): $10,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,617

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
600 S Mckinley Street
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Kathryn McCarthy practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. McCarthy attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. She takes Medicare insurance.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 18
  • Charge (avg.): $4,395
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,477

Specializes in Neurosurgery
5201 Northshore Drive; Suite 100
North Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. J. Mason is a neurosurgery specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Mason is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Medicare insurance.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 35
  • Charge (avg.): $11,265 - $12,084
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,414 - $1,507

Specializes in Neurosurgery
5 Saint Vincent Circle; Suite 502
Little Rock, AR
 

Dr. Brad Thomas specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Little Rock, AR. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. Patients rated Dr. Thomas highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 83
  • Charge (avg.): $3,400 - $5,500
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,507 - $1,614

600 S Mckinley Street
Little Rock, AR
 

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 81
  • Charge (avg.): $1,591 - $1,891
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $184 - $220

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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.
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