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We found 4 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Life and Health Insurance Company near Sacramento, CA.

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Dr. Rudolph J Schrot, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
2800 L Street; #500
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Rudolph Schrot is a neurosurgery specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Schrot include neurosurgery. Dr. Schrot is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. He takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Schrot attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency.

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All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Sports Health, Disc Replacement, Endoscopic Surgery, Scoliosis, Spinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Fox, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
2800 L Street; #500
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Fox's areas of specialization are spine surgery and neurosurgery; he sees patients in Sacramento, CA. In Dr. Fox's practice, he is particularly interested in neurosurgery. He is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Dr. Fox's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Sports Health, Disc Replacement, Spinal Instrumentation, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 31
  • Uninsured Cost: $3,637 - $4,440
  • Medicare Cost: $986 - $1,581
Dr. Gary Andrew Schneiderman, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2800 L Street; Suite 500
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Gary Schneiderman is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Schneiderman attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Schneiderman include spine surgery procedures. Dr. Schneiderman has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schneiderman has received the distinction of Sacramento Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Dr. Schneiderman is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Stenosis, Scoliosis, Spinal Instrumentation, Cervical Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. George Dominic Iii Picetti III, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery
2800 L Street; #500
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. George Picetti is a pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, spine surgery, and pediatric neurosurgery specialist in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Picetti takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Dr. Picetti has an open panel.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 114
  • Uninsured Cost: $5,259 - $6,656
  • Medicare Cost: $820 - $1,644

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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.