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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 in Sacramento, CA and Fairfield, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Schrot include neurosurgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schrot attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG) Solano. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schrot's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Andrew Fox works as a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Fox is especially interested in neurosurgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Fox completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is conversant in Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. He welcomes 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 A Schneiderman, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2800 L Street; Suite 500
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Gary Schneiderman specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Schneiderman average 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include spine surgery procedures. Dr. Schneiderman is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). He has received the distinction of Sacramento Super Doctors. Dr. Schneiderman's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He 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's areas of specialization are pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, spine surgery, and pediatric neurosurgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Picetti attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Roseville Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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.