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We found 7 providers matching spinal fusion and who accept Medicaid near Chicago, IL.

Dr. Srdjan Mirkovic, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 924
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Srdjan Mirkovic's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, spinal trauma, and spine tumor. He is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Mirkovic is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Mirkovic welcomes new patients. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Mirkovic (or staff) is conversant in Serbian, Spanish, and French.

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Clinical Interests: Disc Replacement, Arthroscopic Surgery, Cervical Spine Problems, Laser Treatment, Surgical ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 28
  • Uninsured Cost: $15,471
  • Medicare Cost: $1,759
Dr. Mark T Nolden, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 924
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Mark Nolden works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Chicago, IL, Skokie, IL, and Vernon Hills, IL. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include back pain, laminectomy, and spine reconstruction. Dr. Nolden is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Nolden is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Disc Replacement, Spine Reconstruction, Laminectomy, Discectomy, Cervical Spine Problems, Spinal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 17
  • Uninsured Cost: $14,870
  • Medicare Cost: $1,838
Dr. Heron E Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
675 N Saint Clair Street; Northwestern Memorial Hospialt Galter 19-100
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Heron Rodriguez's specialty is vascular surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of ablation, ambulatory phlebectomy, and spider veins. Dr. Rodriguez is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez is accepting new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Sclerotherapy, Varicose Veins, Ablation, Spider Veins, Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Laser Treatment, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 18
  • Uninsured Cost: $14,066
  • Medicare Cost: $1,135
Dr. George Raymond Cybulski, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
259 E Erie Street Ste 13-205; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. George Cybulski is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Cybulski include spinal cord tumor, gamma knife radiosurgery, and pituitary tumor. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before performing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Cybulski attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. Dr. Cybulski is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Spine Reconstruction, Herniated Disc, Spinal Fusion, Traumatic Brain Injury, Lower Back Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Wellington K Hsu, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
259 E Erie Street 13th Floor; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Wellington Hsu is a medical specialist in spine surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Hsu is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hsu include laminectomy, scoliosis, and spinal trauma. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. After attending Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Hsu completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Disc Replacement, Scoliosis, Laminectomy, Cervical Spine Problems, Spinal Deformity, Spinal Trauma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tyler R Koski, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
259 E Erie Street Ste 13-205; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Tyler Koski sees patients in Chicago, IL. His medical specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include scoliosis, spinal cord tumor, and herniated disc. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for medical school, Dr. Koski completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Spine Reconstruction, Scoliosis, Lower Back Problems, Surgical Procedures, Spinal Deformity, Spinal ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 48
  • Uninsured Cost: $11,867 - $14,214
  • Medicare Cost: $1,074 - $1,973
Dr. Aruna Ganju, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
259 E Erie Street Ste 13-205; Lavin Family Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Aruna Ganju practices spine surgery and neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ganju include spinal cord tumor, cervical (neck) spine problems, and herniated disc. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Ganju (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , spinal fusion

All Interests: Spine Reconstruction, Lower Back Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, Surgical Procedures, Spinal ... (Read more)

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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.