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We found 6 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept BlueCare Everyday Health 1483 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Clinton Bertrand Davis II, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Clinton Davis works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include back pain, knee problems, and joint injections. After completing medical school at Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Davis performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical Interests: Auto Injuries, Elbow Problems, Spinal Procedures, Shoulder Problems, Back Problems, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 26
  • Uninsured Cost: $7,930
  • Medicare Cost: $1,923
Dr. Paul Joseph Pagano, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Paul Pagano is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Pagano's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pagano takes. He attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF)

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Disc Replacement, Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Spinal Procedures, Back Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $4,782
  • Medicare Cost: $1,876
Dr. Robert Lewis Swiggett Jr., MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Swiggett specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Swiggett speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Swiggett include back pain, knee problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome. His professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Dartmouth Medical School and residency at Tufts Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital. Dr. Swiggett is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, Ankle Fracture, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisa Ann Flaherty, DO
Specializes in Neurology
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Lisa Flaherty practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Flaherty studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar fusion

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Laminotomy, Laminoplasty, Cluster Headache, Radiculopathy, Lower Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kirk Wayne Jobe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
603 Seventh Street South; Suite 540
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kirk Jobe works as a neurosurgeon. These areas are among Dr. Jobe's clinical interests: back pain, brain surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Jobe has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Jobe is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Lamina Procedures, Neuroendoscopy, Disc Replacement, Spine Reconstruction, Radiculopathy, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 11
  • Uninsured Cost: $7,000
  • Medicare Cost: $1,797
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Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1849 Bayou Grande Boulevard, Ne
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. James Billys is a hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Brandon, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and Duke University School of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Billys accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He speaks Spanish.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 71
  • Uninsured Cost: $8,055 - $9,280
  • Medicare Cost: $1,190 - $1,856

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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.