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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 sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Davis's areas of expertise include back pain, knee problems, and joint injections. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Physician Partners. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Davis completed his residency training 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 medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is especially interested in back pain, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spine problems. Dr. Pagano's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and BayCare Health System. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University.

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Clinical Interests: Spinal Procedures, Back Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spine Problems, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 13
  • Charge (avg.): $4,782
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,876
Dr. Kirk W Jobe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
603 Seventh Street South; Suite 540
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kirk Jobe practices neurosurgery in Saint Petersburg, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, brain surgery, and seizure disorders. Dr. Jobe is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and BayCare Health System. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Jobe attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Jobe has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Clinical Interests: Skull Base Surgery, Brain Surgery, Spine Problems, Spine Surgery Procedures, Back Pain, Minimally ... (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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