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Dr. Robert Lewis Swiggett Jr., MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4600 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Swiggett's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a special interest in back pain, knee problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Swiggett is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School. He trained at Tufts Medical Center for his residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Swiggett is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

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

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

Dr. Clinton Davis specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Davis's clinical interests include back pain, knee problems, and joint injections. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Health System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at Duke University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 26
  • Charge (avg.): $7,930
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $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 spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. His areas of expertise consist of back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pagano attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Pagano trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF)

All Interests: Kyphoplasty, Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Spinal Procedures, Cervical Artificial Disc ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $4,782
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,876
Dr. Lisa Ann Flaherty, DO
Specializes in Neurology
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Lisa Flaherty is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She works in Saint Petersburg, FL. She studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Flaherty accepts. She is affiliated with 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 W Jobe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
603 Seventh Street South; Suite 540
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kirk Jobe's specialty is neurosurgery. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Jobe's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, brain surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Jobe is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Northside Hospital.

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

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $7,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,797

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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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